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Less Than Jake

 

 

 

This Gainesville, Fla. band crafted its sound playing in front of crowds that ran the gamut from skatepunks to Rude Boys to frat boys. Taking a cue from its diverse fan base, Less Than Jake refuses to conform to one musical style, shunning categorization and keeping one step ahead of the confines of buzzwords by mixing metal and hip-hop into its unique brand of pop ska.

Actually, LTJ began primarily as a power-pop outfit, consisting of a basic guitar-bass-drums punk-rock lineup. After recording one ska-punk song for a demo and liking the results, the band updated their style and grew from a trio to a quintet, adding alto and baritone saxophone and trombone.

LTJ showed off their new chops on 1996's Pez Core, their first full-length album, released on the ska band Skakin' Pickle's Dill Records. Always prolific, LTJ lays claim to over 30 singles, EPs and comps on 13 different record labels.

In the mid-'90s, LTJ became a subject of major label interest and were recruited by Capitol Records to record 1996's Losing Streak.

Their second album for Capitol, Hello Rockview, was released in October 1998.

 

 

-Rolling Stone-