02.16.12 | Less Than Jake | Brooklyn Bowl

Flatfoot 65

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake
It was my first time seeing a show at the Brooklyn Bowl, and it is certainly a befitting venue for the first night of the Less Than Jake 20 Year Anniversary Tour. One of the things I never liked about punk shows was all the opening bands. Tonight was no different, with three openers before the headliners. The first band, Flatfoot 65, started the night off on the right foot, bringing boisterous Celtic punk by way of bagpipes and mandolins.

The mood gets somber after that. The following bands, are all bands formed over two decades ago, giving the touring circuit a half-hearted try. They are acutely aware of their age and the irony. Next up was Plow United. From their clumsy stage presence and somewhat uncomfortable stage banter one would have thought they were newcomers, grateful to be opening for LTJ. But no, they're called "cult-classics" and they've been around since 1989. The following band, Samiam follows a similar story, this time from California.

Less Than Jake is no different, though they have maintained a fairly consistent career within this band and the members' various side projects. Though the band recognized the novelty of having been around for 20 years (giddily pulling on stage, an older fan with a full white beard and birkenstocks), they played tribute to the old songs that made them famous, like "Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts", "History of a Boring Town" and "I Think I Love You". The show brought you back to when you saw LTJ for the first time, and despite the fact that most in the audience were drinking overpriced beer and gourmet grub without a second thought, the crowd surfing and fist pumps of our youth still felt genuine, twenty years later.

Setlist:
  1. The Ghosts Of Me And You
  2. All My Best Friends Are Metalheads
  3. The New Auld Lang Syne
  4. Overrated (Everything Is)
  5. Johnny Quest Thinks We're Sellouts
  6. The Science Of Selling Yourself Short
  7. Happyman
  8. 9th At Pine
  9. Short Fuse Burning
  10. Help Save The Youth of America From Exploding
  11. Animaniacs
  12. My Very Own Flag
  13. Goodbye Mr. Personality
  14. Escape From The A-Bomb House
  15. SpongeBob SquarePants Theme
  16. History Of A Boring Town
  17. The Rest Of My Life

Encore
  1. Plastic Cup Politics
  2. I Think I Love You
  3. Portrait Of A Cigarette Smoker At 19
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