Bearings, Direct Hit, Four Year Strong, and Less Than Jake @ Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto, Ontario
Review & Photography by: Martha Segovia
On a chilly Wednesday night, Toronto was ready for a punk and ska show. With a stacked lineup leading up to ska veterans – Less Than Jake, the band was ready to rip through the Phoenix Concert Theatre.
Ontario band, Bearings warmed up the crowd with sounds of pop-punk tones. The lead singer showing his loyalty with a Blue Jays Stroman jersey got the crowd going, with beaming sounds of guitar and beating drums, the night kicked off. Second on the night’s bill were punk rockers Direct Hit! With an infectious start to the set, the rockers paved the way for a rowdy night. As another veteran band on the bill, Direct Hit! They easily amped the crowd, the band introducing their latest release “Sleeping Pills” via Fat Wreck Records showed their consistency into their set with a rambunctious pace from beginning to end.
The penultimate band and one of the long-awaited sets of the night – Four Year Strong kicked off the main sets with a roar. Four Year Strong led by vocalists, Alan Day & Dan O’Connor had the crowd off their feet and blaring along word after word. The Massachusetts band played an energetic set featuring tracks like “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die,” along with tracks off their 2017 release, finishing off with the hit “Wasting Time” (Eternal Summer).
Last but not least, the night’s most awaited band, Gainesville’s own – Less than Jake began the anticipated ska show with “Sugar in Your Gas Tank,” followed by a slew of their greatest tracks off their discography. One thing was certain during the band’s set, ska is not dead, with a crowd stemming ages from young to old Less than Jake brought down the house. Each member played through the set with a storied energy only reciprocated by the faithful crowd.