Less Than Jake is still alive. The band has had a facelift and is back on the map with their latest release, In With The Out Crowd, and they’re ready to rock out on this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Best known for being the badass ska-punk “it” band of a few years ago (flashback to 1995’s Pezcore), they’re reintroducing the classic LTJ sound after having learned from past mistakes. “One of the mistakes we made is we put too much trust in everybody but ourselves,” says trombone player, Buddy, of their challenges over the past decade.
Instead of playing the blame game, LTJ took matters into their own hands. “Now we try to make sure we do a lot of stuff ourselves, [instead of] leaving a lot of stuff up to other people,” says Buddy.
One thing that remains constant with LTJ is their notorious reputation. Lead singer Chris Demakes was arrested recently for disturbing the peace while the band tried to shoot the video for their new single, “Overrated.” Chris was nabbed while the band played guerrilla-style for the shoot at a mall. Luckily, they had already shot scenes on Hollywood Boulevard, at a nightclub, and at an adult video store. Who knows what trouble they’ll get themselves into on the upcoming tour?
The band: Less Than Jake, a reborn ska-punk band from Gainesville, Florida.
Right now: The release of their new album, In With The Out Crowd, featuring the single “Overrated”.
Catch them: On the road with the Vans Warped Tour this summer.