KNITTING FACTORY PRESENTS
Face To Face & Less Than Jake
Formed in New Hampshire but (eventually) based in Boston, Face to Face were a new wave act that had a minor hit in 1982 with the single "10-9-8." Vocalist Laurie Sargent, guitarist (and founder) Stuart Kimball, guitarist Angelo Petraglia, bassist John Ryder, and drummer Billy Beard scored a record deal in 1982 with Epic, which released their self-titled first album containing the aforementioned single in 1984. The band released one more album for Epic, 1985's Confrontation, before jumping ship to Mercury, which released their 1988 offering, One Big Day. They would disband within a year of that release. Outside of that initial single, Face to Face got some medium-scale attention by landing a part in the rock musical film Streets of Fire, in which they appeared as backing band the Attackers. Although Laurie Sargent didn't appear with her band in the movie, her voice was used as the lead vocal. Sargent would later front the band Twinemen, a band consisting of the former members of Morphine. ~ Christopher True, All Music Guide
Twenty years into its pioneering journey, Gainesville, Fla., natives Less Than Jake – comprised of lyricist/drummer Vinnie Fiorello, vocalist/guitarist Chris DeMakes, vocalist/bassist Roger Manganelli, saxophonist Peter "JR" Wasilewski, and trombonist Buddy Schaub – have had their fair share of moments. For a band obsessed with interacting with its fans, both online and after shows; for a band that is so concerned with making sure the fan gets the perfect experience, with well-known hijinks in every live performance; for a band with seemingly unlimited creativity in the form of physical products, from custom-made cereal boxes to unique vinyl packaging; and for a band that is so passionate when writing new music, 20 years begins to seem like an even longer amount of time. A lot of moments add up over two decades – teenagers grow into men over two decades – dare we say, things change?
Ever-adapting to the constant change in an unsure music industry, Less Than Jake is still making cannonball-sized splashes in the deep end while many of its peers timidly eye shallow waters. With the release of Greetings And Salutations this sentiment is as true as ever. The twelve-track release recorded at The Moathouse in Gainesville and produced by Less Than Jake's own Roger Lima, includes both limited edition EP's Season's Greetings and Greetings From Less Than Jake plus two unreleased songs.
The twelve tracks are pure unfiltered LTJ, Sunny ska mixed with barn-burner punk rock, more intended to get long-time fans and first-time listeners warmed up and moshing in their living rooms and singing along to every lyric. Keeping its signature mix of punk roots and horn-driven melodies, songs like "A Return To Headphones" and "Finer Points of Forgiveness" take the best of old-school Less Than Jake and put on a fresh coat of paint for an amped-up listening experience.
Drummer Vinnie Fiorello puts the release into perspective "We had been writing music in short creative bursts for the last year but looking back at all the songs they wound up more of a cohesive thought, following the moods of the seasons of the year, from the winter through the summer. Greetings And Salutations is as much moody and tense as it is casual and laid back…"