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Less Than Jake / Catch 22 / the Loved Ones

Less Than Jake/Catch 22/the Loved Ones: live in Gainesvillelive in Gainesville (2006)
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Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: batattack8batattack8
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It may just be my imagination, but for a while it seemed like Less Than Jake shows around Florida were fairly few and far between. Since 2001, I've probably only had one opportunity a year to see them play. But for the past year they've been popping up so often that within less than a year, I've see.


It may just be my imagination, but for a while it seemed like Less Than Jake shows around Florida were fairly few and far between. Since 2001, I've probably only had one opportunity a year to see them play. But for the past year they've been popping up so often that within less than a year, I've seen them twice as many times as I had the preceding five years. As much as I hate to say it regarding one of my favorite bands of all time, I was becoming severely burnt out on the Jake. But the chance to see the band two nights in a row in Gainesville, their hometown, felt too good to pass up. And even if there was any doubt in my mind, the Loved Ones definitely sealed the deal.

The shows had the same lineup and playing order both nights, which saw New Mexican Disaster Squad up first. I'm originally from Orlando, so I was interested in hearing these guys, being from my former home and all. The guys got up on stage the first night, talked some shit, and kicked into the first song with a scream so loud that my ears are still ringing from it two days later. I'm not really into a hell of a lot of hardcore, but they played pretty well and very tight. I don't know any of their songs, but one title mentioned was "Tightrope," if you care. The first nine songs were all said to be new material, and the last three were "old stuff." For the most part, no one really cared about NMDS, which I think has a lot to do with the bill. Plus, most attendees didn't bother to show up for most of the openers. Not much to be said for the second night. Same tight performance, same set list, same (lack of) crowd response.

Up next: the Loved Ones. Like a good amount of people on this website, I am a big fan of TLO. Keep Your Heart will definitely be on my list of year-end favorites for 2006, and while I will admit that a lot of their songs sound similar, they're all still good so I don't give a shit. The band played the same set both nights, just rearranged. However, the second night did feature the debut of a brand new song. I don't recall the title, or if they even mentioned it, but it was‚?¶good? I honestly don't remember much about it, which would make it extremely unfair for me to pass any sort of judgment on it. I can say that it seemed within the realms of their past releases. Instrumentally, the performance was very solid. Vocally however, Dave strains through the majority of the set, leading him to leave out a lot of lines. I can't say it really took away from the set at all though, because he remains incredibly energetic and you can just feel the heart that goes into his performance. I do have to call myself out though, and admit that I am being ultra biased. If I saw that type of vocal display from any other band I didn't like as much, I would be talking some hardcore shit. But that's life. Deal with it. The Loved Ones rule.

Catch 22. Over the course of two nights, they mainly played material off their newest release, which I've never heard, and probably never will. Off Dinosaur Sounds: "Wine Stained Lips," "Motown Cinderella," and "Chin Up" I believe was all. Alone in the Crowd: "Point the Blame," "Sounds Good, But I Don't Know," and "It Takes Some Time." Then it was just "Keasbey Nights" and "9mm and a Three Piece Suit" from the fan-favorite album named after the former. There aren't a lot of ska bands I care to listen to anymore, including these guys. I must say though: They have one of the best horn sections I've encountered. Very crisp. Very punchy. Very great. Solid performance both nights, with plenty of token little kids dancing around.

Alright. Here we go. The main course. Less Than Jake. Both nights started with the same three songs: "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads," "Overrated (Everything Is)," and "Ghosts of You and Me." The first night, these three were followed by "Automatic" and then by two dudes from the audience coming up on stage to battle each other √¡ la MTV's "Yo Momma" style. The disses these guys came up with were unbelievably terrible. I could probably remember them if I tried, but they are not worth repeating, and I wish no one else the pain and embarrassment that comes from merely hearing them. The rest of the set was decided by a "Wheel of Fortune"-esque device built by Roger and placed on the side of the stage. The wheel featured a set's worth of random LTJ songs, so someone would spin the wheel and whatever song the arrow pointed to, they played. It was claimed that if the same song was spun twice, they would have to play it again, but this rule was not abided by. I won't be able to remember the set in precise order, being that the repeated process of randomly selecting songs is all a blur to me, but I'll list all the songs featured on the wheel at the end. I don't believe they got to all the songs on the wheel, but I'm not sure.

On the second night, the initial three songs were followed by something I feel quite privileged for having been a part of. The band took a round of Jager shots and announced that they would be playing their Losing Streak record in its entirety. The announcement incited some crazy cheers for the fan-favorite record, while I couldn't respond with much more than a "Holy shit." Personally, I would've shit my pants for Hello Rockview, but this was still pretty damn awesome. Roger made a few comments about playing their "best record ever," which I safely assumed to be sarcasm, and they kicked into "Automatic" with the "This is the old dude‚?¶" clip and everything. That's something I do want to point out as being rad, that they included all the sound clips. Awesome.

After finishing the set with "Lockdown," Chris came back on for the encore to play "Rest of My Life" with just J.R. backing him up and the rest of the band jumping in toward the end of the song. A couple more LTJ standards, then the encore ended with "The Science of Selling Yourself Short." Chris announced the possibility of a second encore if they cheered for long enough before they walked off, but I didn't hang around to see how it turned out. But yeah, that's about it. I only wrote this review to let Less Than Jake fans all over the world know what they missed out on. Losing Streak. Pretty fucking awesome.

Songs on "The Wheel":

  • Liquor Store
  • My Very Own Flag
  • Soundman/Soundcheck
  • 9th at Pine
  • Sugar in Your Gas Tank
  • Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts
  • Last One Out of Liberty City
  • Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding
  • Nervous in the Alley
  • History of a Boring Town
  • Great American Sharpshooter
  • Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin
  • Al's War
  • Faction
  • Plastic Cup Politics
  • P.S. Shock the World
Setlist, Night #2:
  • All My Best Friends Are Metalheads
  • Overrated (Everything Is)
  • Ghosts of You and Me
  • Losing Streak:
  • Automatic
  • Happyman
  • 9th at Pine
  • Sugar in Your Gas Tank
  • Shindo
  • 107
  • Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts
  • Krazy Glue
  • Never Going Back to New Jersey
  • How's My Driving, Doug Hastings?
  • Just Like Frank
  • Ask the Magic 8 Ball
  • Dopeman
  • Jen Doesn't Like Me Anymore
  • Rock-N-Roll Pizzeria
  • Lockdown
  • --------------
  • Rest of My Life
  • Gainesville Rock City
  • Look What Happened (The Last Time)
  • The Science of Selling Yourself Short

 

 
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Anonymous (September 27, 2006)

i'd like to beat anyone who has heard '.losing streak' in its entirety with a stick. after 10 years and 15 LTJ shows i've heard every song from losing streak...except krazy glue. granted its kind of a dud, but how nice it would be to say i've heard it all. oh and fuck anyone who gets to hear 'great american sharpshooter' as well. never heard it, but would love to.

Paul

modelcitizen (September 25, 2006)

score is for neither chicken nor massive being played.

Anonymous (September 25, 2006)

I have one thing to say: Less than Jake and Dropkick Murphys together in Manchester, UK on November 13th. I will be there. Rock on.

Anonymous (September 25, 2006)

you SHOULD listen to Catch 22's newest cd "Permanent Revolution." It's a really really great album.

Anonymous (September 24, 2006)

I wish I could see strung out do suburbon teenage wasteland blues, thats my favorite album and would of been a sick show.

Anonymous (September 24, 2006)

how did u guess skaboom?

Im streetlightsteve btw

Anonymous (September 24, 2006)

They were playing Player Hater Anthem when I saw them with the Larry Arms and NOFX back in February. Maybe they didn't for a while? I haven't seen them since.

sickboi (September 23, 2006)

Awesome, they're playing "Player Hater Anthem" now?

And "the Odds"?

I've seen them a bunch of times, but only once since they released the full-length.

batattack8 (September 23, 2006)

Hey, my bad. I mean't to include the songs from The Loved Ones' set and totally forgot. Here they are:

Suture Self
Breathe In
Jane
Hurry Up and Wait
Sickening
Living Will (Get You Dead)
The Odds
Benson and Hedges
100K
Player Hater Anthem

They might have played Over 50 Club, too, but I can't quite recall.

givemeamuseumandillfillit (September 23, 2006)

"last weekend i saw strung out do suburban teenage wasteland blues start to finish"

Die, just...die.

eastern_waste (September 23, 2006)

new mexican disaster squad is the best part of this tour.

notfeelingcreative (September 22, 2006)

I'm pretty sure my sentence should've read 'neither green day nor less than jake'

notfeelingcreative (September 22, 2006)

"Losing Streak was the first (non-Green Day, because they don't count) punk album I got, so it has a special meaning for me. Catch 22 has really sucked in recent years, though."

I/m not trying to start an argument because I don't like either green day or ltj enought to care that much, anymore, however if LTJ counts so does green day.

notfeelingcreative (September 22, 2006)

"Don't take shit so literally. I meant that they will have no idea about the bands NMDS is influenced by and not really get it. I'm sure there's a lot more Good Charlotte shirts at these shows than Dag Nasty ones."

I still disagree, while LTJs current fanbase may not listen to alot of minor threat or dag nasty, alot of them still know of those bands, just as green day and offspring fans in the early 90's knew of bands like descendents, buzzcocks or even dead kennedys.

Ven89 (September 22, 2006)

Hopefully I can make it to this show, it sounds good.

feeeding5000 (September 22, 2006)

Losing Streak was the first (non-Green Day, because they don't count) punk album I got, so it has a special meaning for me. Catch 22 has really sucked in recent years, though.

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

i got to go to this show in philly. can't wait!

dazed (September 22, 2006)

New Mexican Disaster Squad was the best band of this show.

Agreed, although the Loved Ones are a fun live band, too. Not too into the LTJ stage show/crowd anymore, though, and I wouldn't really want to see Catch 22 either. I decided pretty early on I wasn't going to pay to see this show.

klonny (September 22, 2006)

Oh.

My

God.

I'm in Miami and I had no idea about this. LESS THAN JAKE? I want to see them so badly...CATCH 22? I'd kill to see them play. THE LOVED ONES? They kick ass live.

AUUUUUUGGGGHHHHH GO TO SOUTH FLORIDA YOU FUCKERS

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

New Mexican Disaster Squad was the best band of this show.

mcgregor107 (September 22, 2006)

i can't wait for this.. now, they HAVE to play losing streak in its entirety!

JayTee (September 22, 2006)

Yikes! Sickboi, that hurt just to read that.

sickboi (September 22, 2006)

Has anyone ever reviewed a show and given it a Zero or a One?

Poof!

http://www.punknews.org/review/1532

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

Don't take shit so literally. I meant that they will have no idea about the bands NMDS is influenced by and not really get it. I'm sure there's a lot more Good Charlotte shirts at these shows than Dag Nasty ones.

JayTee (September 22, 2006)

Has anyone ever reviewed a show and given it a Zero or a One? I mean, you ARE paying to go see this stuff, right? I think we should start showing reviews for stuff you accidentally saw. Like when my dad had an extra ticket to Dave Mathews in '98 or when I saw a lame Beatles cover band at some festival I went to last summer with people.

sprainedsoul (September 22, 2006)

I was gonna write a review of the LTJ show in Ft. Lauderdale the next night, but this pretty much covers it. Great time, and the Loved Ones tore it up. Oh, and we were treated to "Soundman/Soundcheck."

notfeelingcreative (September 22, 2006)

" All of the 12 year old kids at the shows will have no idea what's going on when they're playing."

"Oh my god, waht's happening, holy shit an Orlando band playing 80's style hardcore, what's happening, Tommy?"

Give me a break.

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

wow. i'm totally jealous of you. last weekend i saw strung out do suburban teenage wasteland blues start to finish but, fuck, i think losing Streak might top that for me personally.

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

It sucks that NMDS is on this tour. All of the 12 year old kids at the shows will have no idea what's going on when they're playing. This score's for them and the Loved Ones. They should've just done a tour together.

notfeelingcreative (September 22, 2006)

Hmm, I'm considering going to the LTJ show tonight.

mikeinflames (September 22, 2006)

it's a shame that the awesomeness known as the loved ones have to tour with such shit bands

skaboom (September 22, 2006)

Shame C22 had to ruin the show by playing Kearby nights

Skachilles much?

kingofsuck (September 22, 2006)

Having seen LTJ three times in a year, I'm not really sure if I'm going make the drive to Cleveland to see them since they're not playing Columbus on this tour. But if they played Losing Streak every night, I'd go without a second thought.

Anonymous (September 22, 2006)

Shit the bed

I have seen them three times and although i thought the first time was quite possibly the best live band i have ever seen compared with this show th ones i have seen are bollocks!!

Lockdown!

Geez u guys in america are fucking lucky!

Shame C22 had to ruin the show by playing Kearby nights

telegraphrocks (September 22, 2006)

Fuck it.

istapledmyfoot (September 22, 2006)

Wow, I got chills. I haven't been to a show in a while. Mastodon tomorrow anyone?

RyanRockwell (September 22, 2006)

not fair.l

aahhhh (September 22, 2006)

i would go to this if i knew they were playing losing streak every night

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