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You may not have heard of Less Than Jake, the Florida five-piece who’ve been mixing up a heady brew of ska. punk and metal for almost 11 years, but someone certainly has their tour sold out months ago. ‘Kids over here have latched onto us, and want to be a part of it,’ explains saxophonist JR (yep, seriously; the rest of the line- up includes trombone man, Buddy, alongside Chris on vocals and guitar, Roger on bass and vocals and Vinnie on drums). ‘The UK is so

important to us. It’s our favourite

place to tour. I mean, we love the States, but when we tour the UK we see a

lot of love.’

Offering an explosive mix of musical styles, the energy of each genre is extracted and harnessed. ‘There’s nothing better than hearing ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ by Guns N’ Roses,’ says JR. ‘There's nothing to beat hearing any Specials song and there’s nothing as enthralling as hearing the Descendants screaming ‘Suburban Home’ or ‘Everything Sucks’. So taking all the parts of the bands you love and turning it into our own music is fucking brilliant. We love it!’

It is perhaps their exuberant live shows that they are most famous for, featuring naked men in ET masks, giant dancing skulls and all and sundry of weird phenomena and pyrotechnics through the years. And perhaps those live shows are so legendary in the metal fraternity due to their simple love of performing. ‘It’s the highlight of every day. It’s what I live for,’ says JR, overflowing with enthusiasm. ‘I hear about all these bands that have all these drugs problems - those guys are obviously fucking pussies, because they’re missing the most important drug in the world: fan interaction. That’s

the best drug ever.’

And this Glasgow date is a very special date indeed for our intrepid saxman: ‘I actually celebrate my birthday when we play the Barrowlands. So get everyone to bring me birthday cakes - I’ll be turning 27 on the 27th.’ Well, you heard the man: party vibes are guaranteed. (Henry Northmore)

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