Less Than Jake started their 2018 touring schedule off with a short run around the East Coast and the Midwest. Along for the ride was Four Year Strong, Direct Hit!, and Bearings. A solid line up for a tour, that at this point in Less Than Jake’s career, they are most likely picking the openers and are usually enjoyable for Less Than Jake fans. Since I arrived late, I missed Bearings set, but was able to see Direct Hit’s set. With the Fat Wreck sound and great humor, Direct Hit is always a great band to catch live. Their stage presence and knack for getting in the crowds’ face not only leaves the audience mesmerized, but also wanting more. It’s no wonder they were put on this tour, for they do get the party going.
Before Four Year Strong came to the stage the crowd was already moving with anticipation. This tour could’ve easily been a co-headliner tour because Four Year Strong had the crowd singing, crowd surfing, and moving through their thirteen song set non stop. A non stop fast paced set that featured a little bit from each album. For a band that has been around as long as Four Year Strong, their legacy seems to be ever lasting.
Less Than Jake as always brought the laughs, chants, balloons, and energy when they hit the stage. Playing a 17 song set it seemed like their were more songs played from after the Anthem era. However, they still played the crowd favorites, but it was nice to hear some songs that don’t get much play. After being a band for 25 years, Less Than Jake is a band that other bands should take note from. They found a way to make this career sustainable while not taking themselves too serious. A Less Than Jake show is a show that will help someone forget about what is going on in their life and the world for over a hour and just enjoy the moment.