By Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake. My introduction to ska. The first time I heard music and thought "that is THE sound I want to hear". On the back of an extensive independently released back catalogue with a tribe of obsessive fans following them, this is the first single from LTJ's major label debut.
And what can I say? It's alright. But that's it. It's a track that would make it onto an earlier album and I'd sing along and enjoy it live but its not in the same league as earlier singles like 'All my best friends are metal heads' and 'Gainesville Rock City'. These tracks were anthems for this band. This is just a good song. It's not that it suffers from major label diseases like over production or excessive over publicity. It just doesn't really do anything special. Maybe its harsh to expect a band to only release inspiringly wonderful tracks and nothing that's just good, but you expect a certain pedigree from LTJ and this is nothing but album filler.
The B-Sides 'The Brightest bulb has burned out (featuring Billy Bragg) and 'Asaok' are more interesting.
The brightest Bulb is classic LTJ song writing, but this stripped down track become somewhat more poignant and significant with the clean guitars and the mighty Mr. Bragg.
'Asaok' is straight forward 'trumpety punk' and seems a bit frivolous after the emotional ride that was 'The Brightest Bulb...' but it's a good way to close a single that I was unsure of at first. My faith in LTJ stands again, albeit on the on the back of a B-side rather than the A-Side