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The Great Spontanaen, A Tale Told In Five Acts

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 
Do you ever worry the world is going to end thanks to some combination of hyper-caffeinated anxiety, extreme internet usage, and a constantly shifting definition of what a “good American” is? well regardless of whether you have Telethon have arrived with the sprawling new punk rock opera, The Grand Spontanean, heralding these fears and bringing a sense of weird, beautiful levity to all those who listen. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into that has resulted in a true blue five act rock opera about a self-centred, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos.
 
ACT I: Bad Reputation
 
The Great Spontanean is not a regular punk rock release, this is a sprawling punk rock opera that is played out over five acts, The Signal is fine who-esque introduction that bleeds into the epic power pop of Apocalypse When and Succinct The Optimist , the latter of which contains a distinct waft of Weezer. Doctor and He’s Right bring a welcome touch of rock ‘n roll to The Great Optimist and the excellent The Paranoid Blur brings a manic ska influence as the story starts to unfold in earnest. Act I is brought to a close with the melancholy Tiny Rushes and the paranoid psychedelic surreality of The Page At The End Of The Internet.
 
ACT II: Cold Sweat
 
Punctuation! opens Act II with some frantic stripped down punk rock topped off with guitar riffs that invoke the ghost of Thin Lizzy, the epic Wrung slowly builds the pace and across it’s eight minutes. Flatpack brings a piano led element of baroque ‘n roll into The Grand Spontanean, whilst the theatrical A Martyr’s View From The View At The Marriott Marquis segues into a reprise of The Page At The End Of The Internet. When compared to Act I you get the distinct feeling that that Act II is building the narrative and allowing the story to expand, something that is an essential element of any good rock opera.
 
ACT III: Fight Or Fall
 
The dark opening chords and overture of Underture indicate we’re into the meat and bones of this tale, Temporarily kicks back into power pop rock territory before Stillwave initially brings us a touch of heartland rock, it also includes the impossible not to love lyric of ‘beating down the gates of Disneyland’, this just shy of ten minute epic ebbs and flows constantly whilst The Imporable New Sensations continues the country element that has pervaded Act III. Generator, Until The Ball Stops and My Second To Last Monday bring Act III to a close and keep the country feel, but they incorporates punk rhythms and a ska beat into it’s mix, which is not a combination I think I have encountered being blended together before. 
 
ACT IV:Running Back
 
Notches On The Scale opens Act IV with an almost evangelical feel before The Runner’s High brings us back firmly into a punkier moment. The Sudden Walk provides a brief narrative prior to On Companionship providing a brief nod to either Paul McCartney or James Bond, depending on your viewpoint, prior to an earnest build up of country influenced rock. A brief Weezer influenced number, The Weirdness Flows, precedes Act IV’s finale, Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve that builds up to the end of the world with a dark and chaotic blast that takes us into the final act, and towards the end of the world as we know it.
 
ACT V: Remembering
 
A Choice! reveals that the world did not stop spinning and gives you the option of how to end the album, if you let the album spin rather than choosing one of the trio of options you get Firebrand, the pessimistic option, a return to the power pop influenced rock that has characterised my favourite musical elements of this album. Thirty Seconds Of Silence, a track that does exactly what it says in the title punctuates the endings, and Fruitbat, the optimistic option for the end of The Great Spontanean, combines the country and heartland themes that have been a regular fixture of the album
 
Joining Telethon on the record is an impressive list of their friends and idols, including the likes of Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, Franz Nicolay and Peter Hess of The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Roger Lima of Less Than Jake. Like Green Day‘s American Idiot and Fat Mike‘s Home Street Home before it, The Grand Spontanean is taking punk rock into the theatrical arena, I always get nervous when I hear the words concept album, the thought of the ghost of prog rock rearing it’s ugly head is not something I want to contemplate, thankfully on The Great Spontanean this is not something I have to worry about, yes this is self indulgent in places but what else would you expect from a ninety minute five act punk rock opera?
 
The greatest compliment you can pay to The Grand Spontanean is that the songs are equally at home being buried in a shuffle, although the album asks that the deity of your choice takes mercy on your weary soul if you choose this option, as they are played out as part of this grand punk rock opera. Telethon have unleashed a sprawling five act album that it’s very hard to fault, elements of punk rock sit alongside power pop, ska, psyche, country and a few hard rock flourishes, and pretty much everything else in between, to create and epic and truly original release. The Grand Spontanean is sprawling, ridiculous, eccentric and overblown, and if I’m honest I loved every minute of it.
 
The Great Spontanean can be pre-ordered here
 

Telethon To Release ‘The Grand Spontanean’ This Friday

Telethon TGSTelethon‘s 90 minute, 30 song, 5 act concept album, The Grand Spontanean, will be released this Friday, September 29 via Halloween Records, and features guest spots by Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren and members of The Hold Steady, Less Than Jake and TV On The Radio. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. It resulted in a true blue rock opera about a self-centred, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. Digital pre-orders are now available, along with a limited edition CD box set with extensive liner notes and more, you can pre-order The Grand Spontanean here

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Telethon Release Video For ‘Succinct, The Optimist’

Telethon TGSTelethon will release an ambitious new concept album titled The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock, rock n’ roll, power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. The result is a true blue rock opera about a self-centered, internet addicted twenty-something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. The sprawling, thirty track LP also features appearances by Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren and members of The Hold Steady and Less Than Jake. You can pre-order The Grand Spontanaen on CD and digital formats via Bandcamp here

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Telethon To Release ‘The Grand Spontanaen’ On September 29th

Telethon TGSTelethon will release an ambitious new concept album, The Grand Spontanean: A Tale Told In Five Acts, on September 29 via Halloween Records. The Grand Spontanean is a cosmic trip of punk rock filtered through straight up rock n’ roll, anthemic power pop and every other style in which they could meld their sound into. The result is a true blue rock opera about a self centred, internet addicted twenty something realizing the world’s about to end in a storm of noise and chaos. The sprawling thirty track LP features appearances by Laura Stevenson and Chris Farren as well as by members of The Hold Steady and Less Than Jake. Digital pre-orders will soon be available on Bandcamp, along with a ltd edition CD box set and you can stream the tracks On Conpanionship here and Punctuation! here. A Trailer for The Grand Spontanaen can viewed below Read More…

Video: Less Than Jake – Bomb Drop

less-than-jakeLong running ska band Less Than Jake has premiered a new music video for the track “Bomb Drop,” which is lifted from their Pure Noise Records debut EP, Sound The Alarm, which will be available on February 3, 2017.  Roger Lima comments:

“With this video, we wanted to acknowledge online existence, and how in this day and age, likes and comments can affect our real, waking lives. Max Moore was excellent to work with, and i feel like the video compliments the lyrical message of the song; “Those wars inside your mind are all for nothing”

Watch the video here courtesy Fuse TV.

Less Than Jake – Whatever The Weather

less-than-jakeLong running ska band Less Than Jake has premiered a new song from their Pure Noise Records debut EP, Sound The Alarm, which will be available on February 3, 2017.  Lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello comments on the tune:

“.. You can’t always explain life through things like bad luck,  being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or fate. The lyrics tackle that deep down stress and depression and how it tugs you places you never want to go, the thing about those situations though is that you can choose to push through, choose to walk a thin line and come out safe and happy on the other end. No matter the storm or dark cloud days you keep your own path..”

Listen to the track, “Whatever The Weather,” below.

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Less Than Jake To Release New EP ‘Sound The Alarm’

Less Than Jake - Sound The AlarmGainesville, Fla., ska punk legends Less Than Jake are releasing a new EP titled Sound The Alarm on Feb. 3, 2017 via Pure Noise Records. LTJ joined the southern California label’s roster after stopping in San Francisco for Warped Tour last year.

The band is now streaming a track off the upcoming EP. Listen to Things Change here.

In regards to the song, Less Than Jake lyricist and drummer Vinnie Fiorello said:

“‘The only thing constant is change’ is one of the lines in the chorus of the song and such a massive truth to me. The sooner you could realize this, digest it, and embrace it the better off you’re going to be. Let it all move forward, at lightning speed. Everything and everyone changes, the world keeps on spinning like it or not.”

Along with signing to a new record label and releasing an EP, Less Than Jake is celebrating 25 years as a band.

Fiorello continued:

“We started writing this set of songs, similar to our last record ‘See The Light,’ sitting around a table in our warehouse with some acoustic guitars, lyrics scribbled on scraps of paper, and a constant barrage of ideas. Trying ideas as they would come out, sometimes chasing the idea, or getting connected or not connected to an idea right away. We had been writing and were planning on fleshing out the ideas while on Warped Tour.”

Beginning on Jan. 20, Less Than Jake will co-headline a tour through February with rock three-piece Pepper. Check out the tour dates below. Tickets are available here.

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Less Than Jake – Things Change

less-than-jakeLong running ska band Less Than Jake has premiered a new song from their Pure Noise Records debut EP, Sound The Alarm, which will be available on February 3, 2017.

Listen to the track, “Things Change,” below.

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Less Than Jake Detail New EP

less-than-jakeLong running ska band Less Than Jake has dropped details for their first EP since joining with Pure Noise Records.  The EP will be titled Sound The Alarm and will be available on February 3, 2017.

Track listing is below. 

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Less Than Jake Join Pure Noise Records; Announce Tour

Less Than JakeLong running ska band Less Than Jake has signed on with Pure Noise Records.  The band comments on their new home:

“These days putting out new records for LTJ has become a lesson in record collecting, but the choice of label is always about mutual respect. Watching Pure Noise work hard over the years and maneuver through the modern music industry should be a lesson for any labels that are just starting out. Couple that with how much they understand the history of LTJ, that they have favorite songs by the band, and understand where we are right now in our career, makes Pure Noise a perfect place for LTJ and the new release.” 

The band will be hitting the road with Pepper in the new year.  Tour dates are below.

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Tours: Less Than Jake / The Skints / Mariachi El Bronx

Less Than JakeLess Than Jake, The Skints and Mariachi El Bronx have announced plans to tour the UK this October.  The tour has been dubbed the ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour’, and is marketed as “a celebration of punk rock, ska, reggae.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Video: Get Dead – Coma State

Get DeadGet Dead has premiered a new music video with DyingScene.  The video features the song “Coma State” and appears on their new split 7” with toyGuitar (Fat Wreck), Lost in Society (Altercation Reocrds) and The Uprising (Bad Dog Records).

The video features live footage fom their recent tour with Less Than Jake, Masked In truder and Anti-Flag.  Watch it below.

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Mrs. Skannotto Supporting Less Than Jake At Festival

mrs_skannottoRochester, NY ska-punks Mrs Skannotto have announced that they will be joining Less Than Jake on night one of their annual Wake & Bake Festival on September 5, 2015 at the Hive Dive in Gainesville, FL, along with The Supervillains and Kash’d Out.  The band is currently in support of their most recent full length,  Outlier, available now.

Night two will feature MC Lars, The Attack and You Vandal.  Additional upcoming tour dates are below.

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Tours: Less Than Jake (Europe)

Less Than JakeGainesville, Fla., ska-punk legends Less Than Jake have announced that they will be heading on tour this summer over in Europe. Check out the dates below.

Less Than Jake are touring in continued support of their 2013 release See The Light via Fat Wreck Chords.

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Tours: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish

Less Than JakeGainesville, Fla., ska-punk legends Less Than Jake announced the second part of their co-headlining tour with fellow ska act from Orange County, Calif., Reel Big Fish. After finishing up a winter tour, both bands will be back this spring and summer. Check out the dates below.

Less Than Jake are touring in continued support of their 2013 release See The Light via Fat Wreck Chords.

LTJ frontman Chris DeMakes commented,

“The second (and third) leg of the Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish tour is coming soon to a town near you! If this proves to be anything like the January and February run that we did, I cannot be any more excited. Every night was like a party that I was never invited to growing up. All of the shows were sweaty and packed with beer soaked sing-alongs. I couldn’t be happier to fly the ska-punk flag in 2015 with our friends, Reel Big Fish!

Touring in support of the headliners on select dates are Pacific Dub, The Interrupters and BALLYHOO!.

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish spring/summer tour dates:

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Tours: Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish

Less Than JakeLong running ska-punk act Less Than Jake has announced the second leg of their upcoming tour with Reel Big Fish.  The band continues to support their 2013 full length, See The Light, available on Fat Wreck Chords.  Frontman Chris DeMakes comments:

“The second (and third) leg of the Less Than Jake / Reel Big Fish tour is coming soon to a town near you… If this proves to be anything like the January and February run that we did, I cannot be any more excited. Every night was like a party that I was never invited to growing up. All of the shows were sweaty and packed with beer soaked sing-alongs. I couldn’t be happier to fly the ska-punk flag in 2015 with our friends, Reel Big Fish!”

Tour dates are below.

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Less Than Jake Full 7″ Stream

Less Than JakeLess Than Jake is streaming their freshly dropped new 7″ release.  The 7″ is titled American Idle and was released on January 20th, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Listen to both sides of the 7″ here.

New 7″ From Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake has announced that they will be releasing a new 7″ in the new year.  The 7″ will be titled American Idle and will be released on January 20th, 2015 via Fat Wreck Chords. Drummer Vinnie Fiorello explained his enthusiasm:

“Another limited seven inch release and this time it’s the last spare song from the See The Light session “Late Night Petroleum” . The flip side is an album track and one of my favorite songs from See The Light “American Idle”. This time the vinyl release coincides with our January tour with long time friends Reel Big Fish and Authority Zero that zigzags across the US.  In March we have announced a UK and Europe tour with past tour mates Yellowcard. Stay tuned for the pre-order at the beginning of January as there will be 2 very limited colors available via the Less Than Jake webstore, and another limited color via Fat.”

Details can be found here.

Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Ottawa Shooting

Less Than Jake - TorontoIf you’ve been following the site in the last week, you know that Less Than Jake have been doing an on-going Canadian Tour Diary as part of their tour of the Great White North.

October 22nd saw the band wake up in the nation’s capital to news of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau opening fire at the Parliament building and killing Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The band cancelled their show that evening and saxophonist JR Wasilewski details their experiences of the day.

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Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Day 9 (London)

Less Than Jake - LondonGainesville ska-punkers Less Than Jake continue their Canadian trek recovering from their epic show in Toronto at the Opera House. Day 9 finds them in London, Ontario getting attacked by the beautiful Canadian wilderness.

Words by JR Wasilewski.

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Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Day 8 (Toronto)

Less Than Jake - TorontoFor our first of two entries today in the Less Than Jake tour diary, we catch up with JR Wasilewski  and Less Than Jake as they play the famed Opera House in Toronto, Ontario.

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Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Day 6 (Thunder Bay)

Less Than Jake - Thunder BayOn day six of their Canadian Tour, Less Than Jake‘s JR Wasilewski recounts their day off in the small town of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Day 5 (Winnipeg)

Less Than Jake - WinnipegIn the heart of the prairies, Less Than Jake‘s saxophonist JR  Wasilewski reflects on his lack of knowledge of the Great White North as they play the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg, MB.

 

 

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Less Than Jake Tour Diary: Day 4 (Saskatoon)

Less Than Jake - Saskatoon

Less Than Jake continue their Canadian adventure in style during football Sunday in Saskatoon!

JR Wasilewski gives us an update about their day in the prairies while Vinnie Fiorello supplied the pictures.
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Less Than Jake Canadian Tour Diary: Day 2 (Calgary)

Less Than Jake - Calgary Tour DiaryThe drive from Vancouver to Calgary can be a treacherous one; but take a look out the window and you’ll see some of the nicest scenery in the world. Less Than Jake made the 12 hour trek as they prepared for their show in Alberta.

For day two of their Canadian Tour Diary, Less Than Jake Saxophonist JR Wasilewski details the ride and the reward of glorious beer upon completion while drummer Vinnie Fiorello continued documenting the trip in picture format.

 

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Less Than Jake Canadian Tour Diary: Day 1 (Vancouver)

Less Than Jake Tour Diary - photo by Vinnie FiorelloToday we launch the first entry from Less Than Jake‘s Tour Diary for their current Canadian tour. October 9th saw them enter the great white north and play their first show at The Venue in Vancouver.

Saxophonist JR Wasilewski details the day while drummer Vinnie Fiorello snapped some photos of the scenery.

 

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Interview: Less Than Jake

Less Than JakeIn anticipation of their upcoming Canadian tour that kicks off October 9th in Vancouver, BC – Chris Demake of Gainesville’s famed ska-punk band Less Than Jake did a quick little e-mail interview with us telling us exactly what it is about Canada that gets him excited for the tour.

Read the interview here and make sure to check back during the tour when we’ll be hosting an exclusive daily tour diary from the band.

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By on October 3rd, 2014 at E-mail

 

 

In anticipation of their upcoming Canadian tour that kicks off October 9th in Vancouver, BC – Chris Demake of Gainesville’s famed ska-punk band Less Than Jake did a quick little e-mail interview with us telling us exactly what it is about Canada that gets him excited for the tour.

Plus, he easily gives the best description of The Fest I’ve seen for a while.

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Video: Less Than Jake – Do The Math

Less Than JakeLong running ska-punk vetrans Less Than Jake have released a rand new music video.  The video features the song “Do The Math,” which initially appeared on last year’s See The Light, and released earlier this month as a single via Fat Wreck Chords.  The video was brought to life by animator Matt Frodsham.

Watch the full video here courtesy Fuse.

Less Than Jake Announce New 7″

Less Than JakeLess Than Jake have released a new 7″ called Do the Math.

The title track A-side is from last year’s See the Light. The B-side is a new track, Connect the Dots, which comes from the See the Light recording sessions. It can be picked up through Fat Wreck Chords.

Vinnie Fiorello had this to say about the single:

The song is an important one to everyone in the band, it encapsulates being through ups and downs in life- not only remembering who was there for you but also who is still around. The notion that you have to carry this heavy weight around on your shoulders becomes null and void when you realize the people, places, and things that matter the most in your life.

The band are heading out on the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Full dates can be seen below. 

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Stream: Greenhorn – ‘I Hit The Wall’

Greenhorn_frontGreenhorn, the side project from Roger Lima (Less Than Jake) and Jen Vito (NoMore) are about to drop their latest EP I Want More, via Anchorless Records and ahead of the official release they are streaming I Hit The Wall over on Absolute Punk.

The album can be pre-ordered here (UK here) from tomorrow and pressing details can be found below:

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