On February 6th, Less than Jake came to First Avenue in Minneapolis, accompanied by Pepper and Red City Radio. Less than Jake has been a band longer than some of their fans have even been alive. Whether you’ve been with them since their start in 1992, or you heard them for the first time at Warped Tour this past summer, anyone can find a song of theirs to jam to.
Anticipation built as the intro to “All My Best Friends are Metalheads” filled the venue. Once Less than Jake took the stage, all the ska dads in the crowd started skanking to songs from their youth. The fast-paced horns and punk vocals balanced each other out by creating a fun sound that anyone could jump around or dance to.
Just three days before the show, Less than Jake released an album called “Sound the Alarm.” This album is their first release since 2013. Even though there was a four-year gap between records, they haven’t stopped touring consistently. This seven-song release is packed with everything you could want from a ska-punk band. For people newer to this style of music, “Whatever the Weather” would be a great song to ease yourself into Less than Jake’s unique style. It’s reminiscent of where newer bands are heading today, while still including their classic horn-y sound. If you’re looking for a more relaxed, soulful song, “Welcome to My Life” is your best bet. If you’re a veteran Less than Jake fan, “Bomb Drop” is most similar to their original sound. Overall, the album is a great comeback for these long-time musicians.