There’s been one album that has been Spinning on my Spotify more than anything else the past few days. And surprisingly enough it’s a ska album.
Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against horns in music and I enjoy those bad-ass big band arrangements in rock songs as well as an occasional Earth, Wind & Fire type of stuff. But when it comes to Ska Punk, my playlist starts and ends with Goldfinger’s Superman.
I was well aware of Less Than Jake as a band of course. It’s a household name in the genre. There is another reason for me to be familiar with the band though. I love Rehasher – the Skatepunk band from Less Than Jake’s Roger.
In fact, Less Than Jake is the first thing you run into when you begin to read about Rehasher. For some strange reason, even after listening to Rehasher for some time, I hadn’t really checked out Less Than Jake. Maybe it was because of the ska label. I didn’t know if it was my cup of tea. But when I heard they had released a new album I thought I’d give ’em a chance.
And I’m glad I did! The first thing Less Than Jake does absolutely right on See The Light is the opening track. It hooks you up immediately. The first song is so important on an album. It has to give you a reason to keep listening through the whole thing. Good Enough does just that! The song is straightforward and the chorus sticks to your head for weeks. Love it!
See The Light presents a vast array of different styles from more relaxed Latin and Reggae rhythms to intense Pop Punk songs. Ska being the glue that holds the whole thing together. The thing I like the most on this album is the fact that LTJ sounds like a band. Every member has a part to play in every song and there’s rarely anything beyond that. Still no two songs sound the same.
Besides Good Enough my favorites include the almost Rehasher-style song The Loudest Songs and the more chill Do The Math. Call me a geek but I love the wordplay on Do The Math. “Do the math […] subtract the fact…” and so on. Brilliant!
As far as I understand See The Light was recorded in Roger’s Moat House Studio and produced pretty much by the band itself. And the album sounds great! I can’t but respect artists that take up the production and come out swinging. They have a cool commentary of the album on Spotify if you want to know more about making the album.
So if you’re looking for good music and haven’t listened to Less Than Jake’s See The Light yet, put it on!