Music Scene: Less Than Jake, Movie Star Junkies, Jubee and The Morning After
By Matthew Godbey Special to The Post and Courier – Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Less Than Jake
Having risen from Florida’s popular pop-punk/ska underground in 1992, Less Than Jake remains one of the hardest working and most well-known acts in the genre.
The band was initially created by three high school classmates after their band Good Grief dissolved in the early ’90s.
Drawing on influences from a relatively short genre history, Less Than Jake was inspired by the British band Snuff to add a horn section prior to releasing its 21-song debut, “Pezcore,” in 1995. The positive impact from the decision was felt immediately, as the band’s local popularity began to soar.
The attention drew the interest of Capitol Records, which signed the band in 1996 and released its major-label debut, “Losing Streak,” that same year. The band set out on tours with Blink 182, Descendents and Guttermouth, as well as continuing to fill its regular Warped Tour slot, to promote the album, leading to its climb onto the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
The band has built a reputation as a strong live band, having spent most of its time on the road performing with acts as varied as Korn, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Dropkick Murphys, Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy.
Less Than Jake will release its eighth studio album, “See the Light,” in November on Fat Wreck Chords.
Less Than Jake will perform Thursday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with the Sublime tribute band Badfish and Shipwrecked Losers. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door, the Music Farm box office or online at Ticketfly.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m.
Call 577-6989 or go to MusicFarm.com for more information.
Movie Star Junkies
Hailing from Turin, Italy, Movie Star Junkies weaves a patchwork of styles ranging from blues, punk and lo-fi/garage rock, a tapestry that has drawn frequent comparisons to the Black Lips and the Velvet Underground.
While not a major name in the States, Movie Star Junkies developed a dedicated following in its native country following the release of its 2008 debut, “Melville,” a concept album based on the life and work of Herman Melville.
Movie Star Junkies will perform Saturday at The Royal American, 970 Morrison Drive, with The Palisades. There is a $5 cover at the door. Showtime is set for 9 p.m.
Call 817-6925 or go to TheRoyalAmerican.com.
Jubee and The Morning After
After beating out more than 2,000 bands to win the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Opening Act contest in 2011, Georgia-bred hip-hop/rock quintet Jubee and The Morning After received national attention by appearing as Pitbull’s opening act and scoring a spot on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
The recognition helped accelerate the band’s momentum behind its 2011 debut EP and pushed the band onto touring spots alongside Gym Class Heroes, Yelawolf, Cartel, Currensy and others.
The group’s high-energy mingling of funk and rock and Jubee’s throwback rap style has become a live favorite among concertgoers as a result.
Jubee and The Morning After will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway, with The Artful Dodgers. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door or online at Etix.com.
Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.