ARTIST: Less Than Jake
SUPPORT: The Skints
VENUE, TOWN: Concorde2, Brighton
DATE: 21st June 2012
Photos by Rachael-Emily.com
FIVE WORD REVIEW: Ska-punk at its very best!
MAIN REVIEW: It’s an average summer Thursday evening in Brighton – with gale force winds battering the front of renowned seafront venue Concorde 2! Inside, a packed house eagerly anticipates Floridian ska punk outfit Less Than Jake.
While they wait, the audience is treated to a fine half hour of original reggae from London upstarts The Skints, who get the crowd moving with their infectious grooves. As the house lights go down and the familiar dollar bill backdrop is illuminated, Less Than Jake arrive onstage and quickly fire into their first track ‘Anchor’.
The crowd let out a roar and the atmosphere shifts up a gear. A few songs in and the band rip into ‘Gainesville Rock City’ which sees their fans bouncing around the room. Frontman Chris Demakes snarls at the front row, bearing his teeth whilst bassist Roger Manganelli cavorts about the stage, his three foot dreads swinging at his hips.
Closing with regular favourite ‘Look What Happened’, the sold out crowd puts in one final sweaty effort to jump around, all giddy smiles and sloshing beer. For a band that has now been going for 20 years, Less Than Jake are just as energetic and relevant as ever.