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Ska-rockin’ maestros Less Than Jake To LiveStream This Thursday

The Floridian Ska-Punk band is back this Thursday, May 27th at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET with round 2 of their “Late Night with LTJ” performance.

Less Than Jake will be performing a number of their classics along with music from their newest album Silver Linings, and the show promises to deliver more of what made the original live stream great with an energetic live performance, hilarious content + more. Tickets will be on sale starting today at 10am PT / 1pm ET at lessthanjake.live. There will also an additional post-show VIP experience, which includes a band interview and more exclusive LTJ content. The first 150 fans to buy tickets to the show will receive a free VIP upgrade.

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Nearly 30 years into an already impressive career – that includes eight studio albums, tours with Descendents, Blink-182, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Snoop Dogg, Bad Religion, and more, and over 365 shows on the Vans Warped Tour – Less Than Jake has never been a band to rest on its laurels.

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They released their latest studio album, Silver Linings on December 11th via Pure Noise Records – their first album for the record label and the follow-up to 2013’s See The Light. It also doubles as a bunch of sonic diary pages and a mission statement that cements their conviction after two decades in this rock ‘n’ roll circus. Indeed, LTJ—frontman/guitarist Chris DeMakes, bassist/vocalist Roger Lima, trombonist Buddy Schaub, saxophonist Peter “JR” Wasilewski, and new drummer Matt Yonker—have escaped most (but not all) forms of ennui, depression and violence against screen-based objects to create an endorsement of humanity.

Silver Linings also does a good amount of myth-exploding in its pursuit of joy. The songwriting core of DeMakes, Lima and Wasilewski wrote all the lyrics. New drummer Matt Yonker, whose former positions included LTJ tour manager and hammering along with such punk outfits as the Teen Idols and the Queers, helps bring a new sense of urgency. And that album title? Yeah, that was decided upon long before bands began to offer face masks in their online merch stores. Pro tip: Dial back your preconceived notions. The only things the Jakes have to prove are to themselves. Their laurels aren’t so comfortable that they’d willingly choose to be painted into a retro- colored corner.

While Silver Linings doesn’t skimp on the joy, fun or grooves, careful listeners will sense a bit more reality seeping into LTJ’s escapism. The calisthenic bounce of “Lie To Me” is slightly undercut by Lima’s tales of how “the flames we hold the closest burn the worse.”

On the urgent track “The Test,” DeMakes dares to seek some self-examination through someone else’s prism. “Dear Me” might be the first rock song that doesn’t couch its disdain for technology with poetic metaphors. That track addresses the loss of friends via distance and tragedy. The word “love” also appears in the album’s lyrics at three junctures. That detail should not be lost on anyone.

Tickets On Sale at: lessthanjake.live

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