Setting records with little to no support from paparazzi attention…
The Gainesville five-some Less Than Jake has been around for decades and despite them showing ongoing support for highly popular artists such as Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, just to name a few.
The key to their relevant stance today is a simple one: restlessly ‘functioning’ amidst crowds, despite having no help from local radio stations and television exposure.
Forming in 1992, the gang comprised of leading man Chris DeMakes, bassist Roger Lima, trombonist Buddy Schaub, saxophonist Peter “JR” Wasilewski, and lyricist/drummer Vinnie Fiorell came to terms that the best way to make a name for themselves is by swaying away from the norm, and going with the flow of their career on their own time.
When asked about how they remain a success in a press statement, the band simple said:
“we never stopped touring or trying to be an active band.”
Whether a fan of punk rock or not, the name Less Than Jake is one that brings forth some familiarity, ringing a bell in one’s mind at some point or another.
It is common to have witnessed them live at Vans Warped Tour, seen their name on consistent festival lineups, or maybe have had one of their catchy tracks such as “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads,” booming in through the speakers for quite some time because it’s been played in popular video games and movies in the early 2000’s such as Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and Digimon: The Movie.
The boys even gained the likes of fellow notorious pop-punk bands in the music industry which includes Fall Out Boy, Paramore, and Yellowcard, who are some of the few to express their continuous support for Less Than Jake.
Staying true to their original roots and never one to show off stepping into the big league, the crew managed to reach numerous musical trends by just remaining real with fans without fronting an act that comes along with the rise to fame and fortune.
Currently, the boys have released over ten albums, countless EP’s, dropped other popular tracks such as “The Science Of Selling Yourself Short,” and “History Of A Boring Town,” and created many other ska-punk compilations, surpassing two million records worldwide in sales.
Collectively, Less Than Jake has well over 300 releases of various labels under their wing, and for most that’s an accomplishment, but for these rock veterans it’s just one step closer to something new.
Less Than Jake are preparing to embark on a tour set to take off next month, as they continue their journey of delivering new music and keeping up their get-up-and-go motto.
Less Than Jake Tour Dates:
April 18- New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues New Orleans
April 19-Houston, TX @ Proof Rooftop Lounge
April 20- Austin, TX @ Mohawk
April 21- Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
April 23-Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 24-Scottsdale, AZ @BLK Live
April 25- Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
April 27-Big Bear Lake, CA @ The Cave
April 28-Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach
April 29-San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
April 30-Reno, NV @ Cargo@Whitney Peak Hotel
May 01-Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
May 02- Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 04- Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
May 05- Salt Lake City, UT @The Depot
May 06- Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
May 23- Rio De Janiero, Brazil @Teatro Odisseia
May 24- Curitiba, Brazil @ Hermes Bar
May 25-Criciúma, Brazil @ 1051
May 26-Sao Paulo, Brazil @Fabrique
May 27-Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Preto Ze
May 29-Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Gier Music
May 30-Santiago, Chile @ El Domo
June 21- Dessel, Belgium @ Festivalpark Stenehel
July 18- Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
July 19-Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
July 20-Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
July 22- Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
July 23- Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Insurance Amphitheater
July 24- Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
July 25- Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Pac
July 26- Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
July 27- Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity enter
July 29-Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post
July 30- Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
July 31- Atlanta, GA @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aug 02- Jacksonville, FL @ The Old Cypress Lot near Met Park
Aug 03- Orlando, FL @ Tinker Field
Aug 04- Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
Aug 05- West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre
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Listen: Less Than Jake Call to Arms