Less Than Jake, the salty gents from Gainesville, just released their a seven-song EP Sound Alarm. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Less Than Jake: great punk beats, lyrical spin, and a horn line for days. Opening track “Call To Arms” kicks off the EP with a killer bass beat before body slamming you right into the mosh pit. “Whatever The Weather” treats you to a chorus of pleasant chord progressions and lovely alliteration. “Bomb Drop,” is the first release off Sound Alarm. It’s multiple references to time and clocks is perfectly in sync with a metric rhythm so infectious you’ll be nodding in time to the track.
We wanted to acknowledge online existence and how in this day and age, ‘likes’ and comments can affect our real, waking lives. Max Moore was excellent to work with and I feel like the video compliments the lyrical message of the song: ‘Those wars inside your mind are all for nothing.” – Roger Lima (bassist)
Honorable mention goes to “Welcome To My Life” with it’s ska/reggae rhythm serving as backdrop to a my-poor-life storyline. When lyrics and mood are in conflict, the irony goes down like a cocktail, in this case one with a little umbrella sipped leisurely under a palm tree.
Less Than Jake does irony delightfully. If you’ve ever climbed to the top of a mountain only to get kicked off the precipice before you could yodel, you might find yourself in the middle of a Less Than Jake moment.
“Right when you get your footing, and you get a foothold, that’s when your life flips upside down. That’s the world we live in sometimes, where calm turns into chaos and we have to push forward to gain some clarity. These seven songs could be the soundtrack to that passing moment, from calm to chaos back to clarity. We continue to push forward as a band, and mix everything we learned along the way into these tracks. You learn from history or are doomed to repeat the mistakes is what someone said and that is a truth on everything we do in this world. Sound The Alarm has Roger Lima at the helm again as was Jason Livermore from Blasting Room mixing and this release feels like a good continuing arc from our last full length See The Light. We keep refining what the modern LTJ is.” – Vinnie Fiorello (drums)
Sound Alarm serves up a heavy dose of attitude with a happy horn chaser. It’s available for purchase and stream now from Pure Noise Records at http://smarturl.it/LTJ.