Having won a cult fan-base on the back of constant touring and indie albums such as Borders and Boundaries and Hello Rockview, Gainesville Rock City heroes Less Than Jake are poised to burst into the mainstream with the release of their Warner Bros. debut album Anthem on May 19th.
Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Days Dookie), Anthem is the finest demonstration of Less Than Jakes talents to date. Streamlined to a lean collection of punk, ska, rock, pop and reggae, Anthem blends the sheer energy of their hi-octane live shows with their strongest songs so far.
The first single to be taken from Anthem is the relentlessly addictive Shes Gonna Break Soon (out May 12th), but the highlights of Anthem are too numerous to mention; try Look What Happened (The Last Time), a ska-infused punk song with enough of a pop edge to hit the charts in a major way, the sublime and restrained reggae of The Science Of Selling Yourself Short or the scintillating blast of Escape From The Bomb House. Anthem also includes LTJs interpretation of the Cheap Trick classic Surrender.
Less Than Jake released their debut album Pez-core in 1995 and soon marked themselves as one of the worlds finest ska-punk bands with tracks such as All Of My Best Friends Are Metalheads becoming rock club staples. However, its through heavy touring that Less Than Jake have really made their name, with their main-stage appearances at last years Reading and Leeds festivals being amongst their biggest. Their gigs are typically a frenzied party occasion, with covers ranging from vintage Slayer tracks to songs from Grease occasionally included alongside their own crowd pleasers.
Anthem be supported by a major UK tour from May 9th May 31st, whilst Less Than Jake will also play the main-stage at the Download festival at Donington Park on June 1st.
Welcome To The New South- - - The Ghosts Of Me And You - - - Look What Happened - - - The Science of Selling Yourself Short - - - Short Fuse Burning - - - Motown Never Sounded So Good - - - The Upwards War - - - Escape From The A-bomb House - - - Best Wishes to your Black Lung - - - She's Gonna Break Soon - - - That's Why They Call It A Union - - - Plastic Cup Politics - - - The Brightest Bulb Has Burnt out - - - Bonus Track - Surrender - - -
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