Less Than Jake are back!
"But they never went anywhere," you protest. Well reader, in that sense you are correct. But this fall they're not only serving up their first full-length in five years, but - after more than two decades together - also embracing a total back to basics approach.
Throughout a career that has run the gamut from self-releases and small indie imprints to large independent labels and major music conglomerates, the band has always been more than the sum of its parts. Now more than ever, though, they espouse their stature as a DIY collective that works together - or at least in tandem with a few trusted allies - on every element of their creative output. Drummer Vinnie Fiorello recalls, "We started out very internal, and nowadays we handle a lot internally again."
The result of their old school approach is the old school sound of "See The Light," created without any external meddling from corporate lackeys. "Everyone had their alone time with chords and some quick structures; we all put our ideas down before we got together," says Vinnie. "Then we sat at an octagon table in our warehouse and went through: this is what we think about this song, maybe we should do it ska, maybe we should do it punk - true band songwriting in essence."