Slight Band History:
Less Than Jake was formed in 1992, This band consists of Chris DeMakes (vocals, guitar),Roger Lima (vocals, bass), Vinnie Fiorello (drums, lyrics), Peter “JR” Wasilewski (saxophone) and Buddy Schaub (trombone). Their album “Anthem”(2003) was their most commercially success and the band has their own label since 2008 “Sleep It Off Records”. Before being Less Than Jake while being in high school, vocalist and guitarist Chris DeMakes, bassist Shaun Grief(Shaun Grief would eventually be Less Than Jake’s roadie) and drummer Vinnie Fiorello had a local band called ” Good Grief”. Good Grief broke up when Chris DeMakes went to University Of Florida. Vinnie Fiorello would go to the University of Florida on the weekends to meet with Chris to write songs. Eventually Vinne moved to University of Florida as well. When Chris and Vinnie were reunited they started thinking what to name the band and on July 13 of 1992 Less Than Jake was born. Having influence with the band “Snuff” the band decided they wanted to add a horn section. Formed as a power pop trio with punk influence, Less Than Jake has transformed into a ska-inspired punk band with the addition of the horn section.
Genre: Ska Punk, Pop Punk, Punk Rock, Reggae
Activity: 1992- present
Name Origin: two name origins (both could be right, both could be wrong or one could be right, you decide)
1. The name comes from Vinnie Firorello’s dog “Jake” that was treated better than every one in the family thus the name being “Less Than Jake”. In some places it says it is a bird and not a dog. (I think is a dog)
2. Reference to the phrase “Everything is Jake”which is an old phrase meaning “Everything is Cool”.
- Pezcore (1995)
- Losing Streak (1996)
- Hello Rockview (1998)
- Borders & Boundaries (2000)
- Anthem (2003)
- In With the Out Crowd (2006)
- GNV FLA (2008)
- See the Light (2013)