As a founding member of Less Than Jake, Chris DeMakes has spent close to 30 years traveling the world to perform thousands of shows. Along the way, the singer and guitarist has shared stages of all sizes and scope with some of the world’s most renowned artists, released top-notch music at an impressive clip, and has amassed an astounding collection of experiences associated with his one and only (true) project. Before he was at the forefront of the seminal ska-punk band, DeMakes was learning to play music in Port Charlotte, Florida and laying the groundwork for what would eventually turn into Less Than Jake.

In the days leading up to the release of Less Than Jake’s brand new album, Silver Linings, DeMakes spoke to My First Band host Tyler Maas about the new album, his just-released book, his excellent “Chris DeMakes A Podcast,” and the December 11 “Live With Less Than Jake” livestream event. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, DeMakes also talked about opening for Bon Jovi on an arena tour, playing with Snoop Dogg and Linkin Park, leaving major label deals in favor of independent imprints, and how Less Than Jake’s work ethic and live show have played an important part in the band’s longevity.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Lakefront Brewery. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. You can also listen to rebroadcasts of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m. CST. Music used in this episode comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and Less Than Jake (“Keep On Chasing”).

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