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Less Than Jake announce 2018 tour with Four Year Strong & Direct Hit!

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have announced they will be touring North America with Four Year Strong and Direct Hit! next February. Check out the dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

LTJ last released their Sound the Alarm EP earlier this year on Pure Noise Records.



Hot Water Music’s Chris Wollard is taking a break

It’s not often I hear news about Hot Water Music that makes me sad, but this does. Chris Wollard is taking a break from the band for his own health. His statement is long and heartfelt, and you can read it in its entirety below.

Hot Water Music will continue their tour with The Flatliners‘ Chris Cresswell filling in for Wollard in Boston, Brooklyn and Philly from November 17-19 and Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake handling Wollard duties in Brazil on December 2nd. The band are touring in support of their latest full-length, “Light It Up” which is their first album in 5 years. It was released on September 15th via Rise Records.



Show Review: Punk in Drublic (9/16/17 – Tacoma, WA)

The Punk in Drublic logline is the sort of thing that makes a Pacific Northwest punk a little misty-eyed: craft beer + punk rock. It sounds so simple, yet until now, it hadn’t been done. Fat Mike has managed to combine the unique atmosphere of a punk rock show with a brewfest. As Langston Hughes said, “Hold fast to dreams.”

The tour stops are cities most likely missed on regular circuits. I arrived at the Tacoma stop with the thought, as I’m sure did everyone else: why the fuck is this in Tacoma? The question is probably the answer. NOFX is a band that has been around forever and toured about everywhere you can think of, doing a weird tour of less-sought American cities seems right up their alley. Sometimes the only reason is why not?

I got to the venue early enough to walk around and take in the sights. It kind of reminded me of a mini-Punk Rock Bowling, but without the oppressive desert heat. In fact, the green grass and cool air were a welcome change from my past festival experiences. If there’s anyone listening out there: the mild climate of the Northwest is perfect for this type of thing. People were drinking beers and chatting, hyping themselves about the last time they saw NOFX or Bad Religion; decked out in Fat Wreck gear and comparing tasting notes. It was a cool vibe, definitely a unique festival experience. I had the pleasure of trying out Stone’s NOFX collaboration beer– a hoppy lager called Punk In Drublic– and am happy to report it tastes about how you’d expect: a big earthy bouquet of lager maltiness with a strong dose of hops. Pretty damn good, if you ask me.

The biggest problem with the beer side of the operation was that there wasn’t enough. There were ten-thousand punks in Tacoma that night, and they drank all the beer.

Photo credit: Evan Olszko

Impressively, it wasn’t even cheap beer, we’re talking ten-bucks-a-pop festival cups here. Fat Mike got his I-told-you-so in on the mic at the end of the night. For next time, they’ll have to remember that the crowd that goes to see a craft beer/ NOFX show aren’t the one-and-done types. Besides the beer running out into the middle of the final set, the festival went pretty smoothly, excepting for the long beer and merch lines. It’s hard to be too upset, allowing for inexperience with this sort of event. If they do it again (and God, I hope they do it again), they’ll need twice the kegs and the volunteers to go with them.

For the music of the day, I’m happy to say all the bands killed it. Tacoma darlings, the Hilltop Rats opened the show, obviously honored to be in the company of such a strong lineup. They played fast and aggressive skate punk with tons of melody and banter. They were there to get the fest started off right, and they were there to have fun along the way– what else can you expect from a band who played a song called “Jell-O Shots”?

Not to beat a dead horse, but the lines for beer were getting gargantuan by the time the music started in earnest. Unfortunately, the beer line predicament kept me in line for the entirety of Bad Cop/ Bad Cop’s set. From where I was though, they sounded great. Warriors is one of my favorites of the year, and I was happy to hear them play and harmonize with expert precision.

Goldinger was up next and if I had to name a song of their’s to save my life, I would have to gracefully accept a bullet. But, when they came on stage, I was in total awe. Those guys have energy to spare. They were bouncing up and down, kicking out muscular riffs that had folks dancing and singing along. Ska isn’t usually my thing, but man, I had to admit– Goldfinger kinda rocked it.

Less Than Jake had a bunch of energy too, and gave a bashful “Thanks, Fat Mike,” for putting on the punk beer fest. If there was a running theme through the night, it was that the band’s were as enthralled with the novelty of the event as the fans. They opened with “All My Best Friends are Metalheads,” which means, if I had to name one song of Less Than Jake’s to save my life, I could do exactly that.

The gateway band that I can’t shake is Bad Religion. Yeah, there were other bands I listened to when I first got into punk, but Bad Religion is the one that I always come back to. What can I say about them that hasn’t been said? Their set at Punk In Drublic was one of the best I’ve seen from them, they sounded great (especially their harmonies) and opened with “American Jesus” and ended with “Fuck Armageddon… This is Hell.” In between those two, they also played “No Control,” “Do What You Want,” “Generator,” “Los Angeles Is Burning,” and a bunch of their other hits. As he is apt to do, Fat Mike jumped on stage for the bridge of “21st Century (Digital Boy).” At Punk Rock Bowling, he took over bass for “We’re Only Gonna Die.” If there’s one thing Fat Mike likes to do (besides drugs), it’s help Bad Religion keep their set exciting. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again, but it always brings a smile to my face.

I’d only see NOFX once before, but knowing how the band follows whims (you know, like pulling off a punk beer fest in Tacoma), I always figured their sets could be pretty distinct. As per usual, there was the trademark banter, which for a NOFX fan is as much a part of their set as well, you know– songs– but, it was funny and entertaining. Fat Mike riffed on event coordinators not having enough beer and then proceeded to play a lot of classic tracks, changing words for laughs along the way. Seeing NOFX in their element with an audience of ten-thousand was a sight to see. You don’t get many opportunities to sing “Bob” with a choir that size. Everyone was really into it, singing and circle pitting– whether in the pit or not– and I was pleasantly surprised to hear them play one of my favorite deep cuts, “I’m a Huge Fan of Bad Religion,” maybe just because I can relate to the title.

All in all, Tacoma’s Punk in Drublic was a unique spectacle of good beer, great live performances, and some logistics that could stand to be improved. But, as Fat Mike celebratorily said, “This is a punk rock festival for ADULTS!” And it certainly was. There was beer and there was a music, and not a fucking kid in sight.

Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

 

 



Coffee Project brew up video for “Wasted Love”

Acoustic punk duo Coffee Project, the side project featuring Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Savage Brewtality’s Jake Crown, have made their video for “Wasted Love” available for your streaming pleasure. Check it out below.

Formed as an outlet for the two musicians to write and record songs that might not fit with their main projects, Coffee Project released their 1st EP Wasted Love on July 16th through A-F Records.

If ska-folk didn’t exist before, it does now. And, it sounds good…there’s an elemental quality to the stripped down production and bareness of the sound. Catch them at this year’s Fest.



Less Than Jake round out 2017 tour itinerary

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have rounded out their tour itinerary for the rest of 2017. Following some European dates, the band will return to the states for their Wake & Bake Weekend and a US tour. Then, they’ll head to Australia for some shows with Bodyjar.

Details on all of LTJ’s remaining 2017 tour dates can be found below.

Less Than Jake last released the Sound the Alarm EP in February through Pure Noise Records.



Telethon announce 30-track concept album ft. Roger Lima, Chris Farren & more

It’s not every day that you hear about punk band releasing a 30-track concept album, but Milwaukee’s Telethon are doing just that. Blending elements of punk rock, power pop and rock ‘n’ roll, The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts is ambitious, to say the least.

Set to release on September 29th, the album will feature a variety of guest appearances from Roger Lima of Less Than JakeChris Farren, and Franz Nicolay, among others.

Listen to two songs from the record below, and head over here to get your pre-orders in.



Bands and tour dates announced for Self Help Festival 2017

Details on the 2017 edition of A Day To Remember‘s Self Help Festival have been revealed. It will be stopping in Philadelphia, Detroit, Orlando, and San Bernardino. The lineup will vary each date, with some of the bands including ADTR, Less Than Jake, Streetlight Manifesto, and Rise Against.

All tour dates and their associated lineups can be found below. Tickets are available here.



Music 4 Cancer Fest VII announces full lineup

Canadian punk rockers rejoice, Music 4 Cancer has announced the full lineup  for the seventh edition of the festival and it doesn’t disappoint. This years festival will be held in Centre-ville de Sainte-Therese and run September 14th to 16th. This year’s edition will feature PennywiseLess Than Jake, Guttermouth and many more (see poster above).

For those unaware Music 4 Cancer not only boasts some amazing band’s on the festival, it’s a great cause as well with the festival being ran by volunteers and the money the festival makes going back into cancer research.

You can grab your tickets here.



Less Than Jake announce 6th annual Wake and Bake Weekend

Less Than Jake have announced their sixth annual hometown Wake and Bake Weekend. Taking place on September 1st and 2nd at High Dive in downtown Gainesville, the 2-night stand will feature support from Radon, Inner Circle (the “Bad Boys” band), Coffee Project, and more.

More details and ticket links can be found below. VIP packages that include access to an acoustic set, silent auction, meet and greets and more are available on the band’s webstore.



Video: Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) joins NOFX for performances of “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope” and “Linoleum” in Japan and California

Roger Lima, bass player for Florida based ska-punk band Less Than Jake, recently joined NOFX on stage for separate performances of old classics, “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, “Six Years on Dope”, and “Lineolum.” You can see Lima take Eric Melvin’s place at Musink (California) for “Murder the Government/I’m Telling Tim”, and “Six Years on Dope”, as well as at Punkspring 2017 (Japan) for “Linoleum.”

You can check out all of the clips, uploaded directly to Lima’s YouTube channel, below.

NOFX released their 13th full-length album First Ditch Effort in October through Fat Wreck Chords. It was their first LP in four years, following 2012’s Self Entitled. Less Than Jake’s recent EP, Sound the Alarm, was released on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records.



Less Than Jake release “Bomb Drop” music video

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have released a music video for “Bomb Drop,” which appears on their latest EP Sound the Alarm. Check it out below.

Sound the Alarm was released on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records. The band’s currently touring the US in support of the EP.



Less Than Jake streaming entire new EP ‘Call To Arms’

Less Than Jake have a new EP coming out next month, and you can now stream the release in its entirety below.

Sound The Alarm is due out February 3rd via Pure Noise Records. You can pre-order it here. Less Than Jake’s last full-length album was See The Light, which they released in 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.

As the new EP nears release, the band is in the middle of a US tour with Pepper. Check out the dates/locations of that tour here.



Less Than Jake streaming new song “Whatever the Weather”

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake are streaming another song from their upcoming Sound the Alarm EP. The track’s called “Whatever the Weather,” and you can check it out below.

Sound the Alarm is set to release on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records, serving as a follow-up to the band’s 2013 full-length See The Light. Head over here to pre-order the EP.



Less Than Jake stream new song “Things Change” from upcoming EP

Gainesville ska-punk veterans Less Than Jake have premiered a new song from their upcoming EP Sound the Alarm. You can give “Things Change” a listen below.

Sound the Alarm is set to release on February 3rd through Pure Noise Records, serving as a follow-up to their 2013 full-length See The Light. Head over here to pre-order the EP.



Less Than Jake announce details of new EP – ‘Sound The Alarm’

Less Than Jake have announced brand new details on their upcoming EP, which will mark their debut on Pure Noise Records.

We now know the EP will be titled Sound The Alarm, and it’s due out February 3rd. Check out the cover art above, and the full tracklisting below. You can pre-order the EP right here.

Less Than Jake’s latest full-length album is 2013’s See The Light, on Fat Wreck Chords.