Thursday, October 07, 2010

Ska Punk

Check out this style of punk through Less Than Jake.

Ska punk, another twist to punk rock music, sounds fast paced and up-beat, unless presenting a slower song, but includes unique instruments beyond the guitar, bass guitar, and drums. For example, ska bands may include instruments such as the saxophone, trombone, trumpet, and occasionally keyboards, along with the guitar, bass guitar, and drums. These instruments help create the punk sound, and also a type of sound that will most likely get you to move around and dance in the crowd.

An awesome example of a ska punk band is Less Than Jake, from Gainesville, Florida. The instruments that Less Than Jake use include a guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, and trombone. Their music is mostly up-beat and comical with a punk rock sound, incorporating the feel of ska. They also play live music that gets the crowd jumping and moving around. These videos are some of their most popular songs, and more videos of LTJ are available on YouTube.

After their last show in the United States, at the Riot Fest in Chicago, Less Than Jake will be touring overseas in Japan, the UK, other venues throughout Europe, and more.

If you like Less Than Jake, a couple other ska bands you might be interested in include Big D And The Kids Table and Reel Big Fish.

Photo: Less Than Jake performing Warped Tour 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio, taken by me.


  1. Less Than Jake is awesome! I always felt ska punk was one of the best feel good types of music out there.

  2. I agree with both comments! It always puts me in a good mood.

  3. Sublime?? Not to mention the commercial breakthrough of No Doubt, introducing ska to a mainstream audience. Shame on you Nikki!