If you’re looking to check out a concert that will help you escape reality for a bit, Less Than Jake and Pepper are now on a tour sponsored by St. Pauli, the German football club that stands up against fascism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. I had a chance to chat with Yesod Williams from Pepper and Chris DeMakes from Less Than Jake ahead of their tour, which stops at the PlayStation Theater in New York City on Feb. 17, The Paramount in Huntington, NY on Feb. 18, and The Fillmore in Philadelphia on Feb. 19.
Ohana is an incredible album. What was the recording process like?
The recording process was super organic. We wanted to take it back to the early days of being in a band where you get in a room with your friends and just jam. We didn’t want to piece the album together per se, we wanted to start from the beginning, work through it and finish at the end, (resulting) in a full body of work for a band that’s been around for almost 20 years. Being around for that long, we realize we couldn’t do it without our fans, which was …