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Less Than Jake re-release three classic albums and prepare new LP

Less Than Jake

Feature by Jack Foley

LESS Than Jake, the punk/pop/ska stalwarts, have decided to celebrate their 16th year of union with the re-release of three classic albums, as well as an LP of all-new material. What’s more, they’re doing it under their own steam.

The band have returned to the DIY spirit that embodied their music and their headspace by voluntarily emancipating themselves from their record deal with Warner Bros (even though they still had one more album in their contract) and creating their own label, Sleep It Off.

Explains founding member/drummer Vinnie Fiorello: “It’s an amazing concept that a band can actually participate in 360 degrees of its career. But after a decade and a half of being in the band, we’re now our own bosses for real and the excitement of that can peel paint off the walls.”

The first four re-releases out of the gate on Monday, March 31, 2008, will be Losers, Kings And Things We Don’t Understand, Pezcore, Goodbye Blue And White, and a DVD of Peoples History of Less Than Jake.

Packed with new artwork and a bonus DVD component for each of the albums, these will not only be must-haves for their legion of fans but a great introduction to the new breed of indie punk kids.

“We wanted to start with Losers, Kings, And Things We Don’t Understand, which was our first recorded material as a band,” Vinnie continues.

“These literally are some of the first songs we recorded together, and it seemed obvious that it should be one of the first releases on our newly started label.

“As a musician, the fact that I can help not only in creative marketing, but release the actual audible history of our band on our own label is mind blowing. I think it’s a great time for the music industry that, despite lagging sales, you’re allowed to write and rewrite the rules. These days, it’s like the Old West, so to speak.”

The excitement isn’t just limited to the band and its fans however. Leading US independent music magazine, Wonka Vision’s editor-in-chief Justin Luczejko reminisces: “In 1999, the Wonka crew drove in a Philly ice storm to see Less Than Jake at LaSalle University.

“We didn’t know the opening bands at the time (Lifetime and Weston – go figure) but they all showed up and played for about 25 kids who danced their hearts out ALL NIGHT long. At the time before I started Wonka Vision magazine (11 years ago), I saw Less Than Jake in Philly more time than any other band.

“No one compared to their live show (throwing out Pez and water pistols?? Come on!). Wonka will support Less Than Jake till the day they stop playing music. They’re one of the hardest working, most energetic bands in rock today, and they deserve every ounce of gratitude they earn.”

Less Than Jake will be entering the studio in March to record their ninth album, due for release in summer 2008.

“We’re holed up in Fort Hooker, our warehouse, finishing up songs and dodging the homeless that hang around the parking lot,” Vinnie adds. “With the new record, we’ve been more focused on heavy horns and a lot of melody. I personally look forward to some time in the studio. I miss that cabin fever feeling.”