Less Than Jake’s latest EP Sound The Alarm is short and sweet, a solid appetiser of classic ska, peppered with their usual 90’s-era pop punk flair with just a pinch of emo(tion) for good measure.
It’s everything we’ve come to expect from the Florida pop punk veterans – hard-hitting, catchy and devour-able in just over 20 minutes. It leaves us ready for the entrée and hoping we don’t have to wait too long for it to get served up.
The over-arching theme sends the “We can get through this” vibe; it’s a good reminder that it’s okay to feel the woes of life while staying positive in the midst of the everyday struggle. While it’s in no way surprising; predictable even, that’s why we love these guys – fans always know they can consistently expect bouncy ska anthems and just the right amount of angst, transporting us back to our teenage years when we fell in love with the band in the first place.
The EP starts off strong with arguably the catchiest tune of all seven; Call To Arms reminds us that there’s always silver lining when life starts to wear us thin. The song gets profound with the line “Wonder if the truth lives in the moments I’ve forgotten / I know somehow I’ll turn it all around”, and leaves us feeling uplifted and ready to take on the day. Another standout track is Bomb Drop, another hooky song that will cram into your amygdala and stay there all day long.
Overall, this EP is solid. No wow-factor to speak of, but it’s certainly enjoyable and 100% worth the listen.
The EP is out now via Pure Noise Records.