Less Than Jake


Less Than Jake

Direct Hit, Bearings, Hopout

Fri, February 9, 2018

7:00 pm

Vinyl Music Hall

Pensacola, FL

$18 - $20

This event is all ages

* General Admission * Standing Room Only- Any Available Seating Will Be On A Strictly First Come/ First Serve Basis * All Ages * Additional $2 Cash Surcharge At The Door For Under 21 * Attendees Under 16 Must Be Accompanied By A Ticketed, Adult Guardian * Posted Times Are Door Times- Events Generally Begin 30-60 Minutes After Doors Open * No Re-Entry

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Playing music is about moments. A collection of great moments defines an amazing record. An avalanche of powerful moments tumbles into an engaging live show. The moment when band and fan become one and the same, the moment of interaction, is the type of moment that lasts

Twenty years into its pioneering journey, Gainesville, Fla., natives Less Than Jake – comprised of lyricist/drummer Vinnie Fiorello, vocalist/guitarist Chris DeMakes, vocalist/bassist Roger Manganelli, saxophonist Peter "JR" Wasilewski, and trombonist Buddy Schaub – have had their fair share of moments. For a band obsessed with interacting with its fans,
both online and after shows; for a band that is so concerned with making sure the fan gets the perfect experience, with well-known hijinks in every live performance; for a band with seemingly unlimited creativity in the
form of physical products, from custom-made cereal boxes to unique
vinyl packaging; and for a band that is so passionate when writing new
music, 20 years begins to seem like an even longer amount of time. A lot
of moments add up over two decades – teenagers grow into men over
two decades – dare we say, things change?

Ever-adapting to the constant change in an unsure music industry, Less
Than Jake is still making cannonball-sized splashes in the deep end while
many of its peers timidly eye shallow waters. With the release of Season's
Greetings From Less Than Jake this sentiment is as true as ever. A fivetrack release recorded at The Moathouse in Gainesville and produced by
Less Than Jake's own Roger Lima, Season's Greetings is a wintertime
accompaniment to last summer's Greetings From Less Than Jake EP.
Don't let the title of the EP fool you, though. The five tracks on Season's
Greetings are barn-burners, more intended to get long-time fans and
first-time listeners warmed up and moshing in their living rooms than
meant to listen to while cuddling up to a warm fireplace. Keeping its
signature mix of punk roots and horn-driven melodies, songs like "A
Return To Headphones" and "Finer Points of Forgiveness" take the best of
old-school Less Than Jake and put on a fresh coat of point for an ampedup listening experience.

"I think in today's music industry, people can digest smaller amounts of
music more so than large amounts," Fiorello says of writing two EPs
instead of a full-length. "On our end, creatively it's less of a daunting
task to try to put together five songs instead of 12 songs or so. We can
cut the fat, make sure each song is powerful and has its own feel, and still retain a Less Than Jake sound to the whole release. At the same time
people can get into each song more."

The two EPs follow up 2010's TV/EP and the band's last full-length,
2008's GNV FLA. As the past few releases have been, Season's Greetings
is being released by the band-owned and operated Sleep It Of Records,
as Less Than Jake has spent the past few years completely independent
from the major-label ties it used to incur. With a year of worldwide
touring ahead, the group is still following through on its mission to
please the fan, wherever the fan may be. More so than many bands that
have been doing this for so long, Less Than Jake continues to provide
output that loyal fans love. From a 16-minute EP of TV theme show cover
songs to re-releases of their classic back catalog to live shows of genre
staples "Losing Streak" or "Hello Rockview" in their entirety, Less Than
Jake has done it all. Less Than Jake will continue to do it all.

"We're constantly pushing ourselves to come up with new ways to present
the band," says Schaub, "whether it be within the writing of our songs,
ideas for keeping our live shows fresh, coming up with crazy new merch
ideas, or just coming up with the best joke in the van. Keeping your band
new and innovative is the key to lasting around for more than a minute in
the minds of fans."

As the release of Season's Greetings proves, this isn't a band content to
rest on the laurels of past success. In fact, 2012 is more about pushing
forward and breaking new ground, rather than contemplatively reflecting
on the success of yesteryear. A constantly innovative force in the
industry, DeMakes says the band has managed to stay around so long by
staying true to themselves. "Twenty years of blood, sweat and beers,"
DeMakes says. "It's been a privilege and a pleasure. We have survived
more trends than we can count and have managed, so far, to leave a
legacy of music two decades long.

"If this counts as a job, sign me up for another 20 years!"
Direct Hit
Direct Hit
Direct Hit is a punk rock band founded by singer/writer/guitarist Nick Woods in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For most of its existence, the DIY-minded project has featured a rotating cast of collaborators and musicians, but has maintained a steady lineup since 2013 including Danny Walkowiak on drums, Devon Kay on guitar and harmonies, and Steve Maury on bass and backup vocals. In 2016, Fat Wreck Chords released the band's third LP, Wasted Mind, a concept album concerning itself with mind-altering substances and their impacts both heavy and trivial. Sharing stages with some of the genre's biggest players, including Blink 182, NOFX, and Rise Against, the band has brought its anthemic, irreverent sound to crowds packing venues that have ranged from basements to amphitheaters across the U.S., Canada and Europe. They're pumped to meet you next.

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Venue Information:
Vinyl Music Hall
2 S. Palafox St.
Pensacola, FL, 35202