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Less Than Jake at the Royal Oak, 3 Things To Know

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Four years after its last release, Less Than Jake figures it's time to "Sound The Alarm" again.

That's the title of the Gainesville, Fla., ska/punk group's new EP, a seven-song set that follows 2013's "See The Light." It's another set of tightly written, sharply played tracks, showcasing the quintet's two-piece brass section and frontman Chris DeMakes' earnest vocals.

The EP has also put Less Than Jake on the road -- not like the hard-touring troupe needs any excuse, of course -- hanging with its pals in Pepper and making sure it's "Alarm" is heard loud and clear...

Why an EP? "The honest answer is we were on the road a ton last year," DeMakes says by phone from Minneapolis. "We planned to do a full-length (album) but got to the point where we realized we weren't going to have time to record it. But we had to do something. We wanted new music out in 2017. So we had these seven songs; There was other stuff, but this is the best of the bunch so we picked those, and we're happy with how it came out.

Despite the title, "Sound The Alarm" is not in any way political or topical. "It's from a lyric in the chorus of the first song on the EP," DeMakes says. "We were searching for a (title); It was one of the last things we did. We honed in on that one line and thought, 'That's cool. That's what we should call the album. We didn't have any intention of political leanings...but if that's what someone takes from it, certainly, that's awesome. It's punk rock, after all."

A full-length album is on the agenda for Less Than Jake -- hopefully sooner than later, according to DeMakes. "That's the goal, to record (an album) this year, though at this pint I'm not sure when. We're booked right up through June, and the rest of the year is getting penciled in, so hopefully we'll have time. It's just that we're on the road all the time -- which is great. Being a band for 25 yeas now, the more we keep chugging along the more people know about us, and We're getting offers to play and do cool and interesting tours all the time. We're not getting any younger, so we're taking advantage of the opportunities."

Less Than Jake and Pepper

Thursday, Feb. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 w. Fourth St.

Tickets are $25 in advance, $305 day of show.

Call 248-399-2980 or visit royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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