Less Than Jake

Genres: Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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One of the burgeoning army of American punk/ska bands to gain success in the wake of Rancid and the Dropkick Murphys’ breakthrough, Los Angeles’ Less Than Jake are led by singer Chris Demakes. The band was founded in Gainesville, Florida in 1992 by Demakes, Shaun (bass) and Vinnie (drums), and was actually one of the first proponents of the punk/ska style. Roger replaced Shaun and a brass section comprising Jessica (saxophone), Aaron (saxophone) and Buddy (trombone) was brought in to bolster the band’s sound. They released two lively independent label albums, Pezcore and Losers, Kings, And Things We Don’t Understand, which continued ska’s tradition of irreverence and spontaneity. The subsequently signed a major label recording contract with Capitol Records, but one of their most endearing releases to date is the independent Greased, a mini-album featuring eight cover versions of songs from the Grease soundtrack. The 1998 release Hello...

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