Band: Less Than Jake
Named after a territorial bulldog and having an unhealthy fixation with Pez candy, the power pop/punk band Less Than Jake took their schoolyard humor and ska influences from Gainsville, Florida in 1992 to the national stage with the college-radio hit “History of a Boring Town” and ended up as support on Bon Jovi’s North American tour in 2000.
Cleverly constructed and polished with punk rock spit, Less Than Jake has been churning out wry pop-ska songs for 15 years. Upbeat to the point of ADD and throwing out more hooks than a dock full of fisherman, LTJ set the criteria for bands like Sum 41 and Blink-182.
Roger Twig, the band’s bassist, not only keeps up with the wind sprint pop, but runs circles around them. Perfecting ska’s punkified reggae bass lines and whipping them into a two-minute, thirty-second frat party, Twig is the music’s strongest ally.