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|Devon Kay & the Solutions Cover Less Than Jake|
After dropping a TOTALLY surprise album on A-F Records just over a month ago, Devon Kay & the Solutions is back with some new music. Devon Kay set out to cover a song by Less Than Jake for the second installment of their “Achilles Feels” compilation but then something magical happened! Chris DeMakes, guitarist/vocalist of Less Than Jake, just happened to reach out to Devon to check in on him during the pandemic. The conversation ended with Chris politely stating, “If ya ever wanna work on something together, let me know!” Fast forward a few weeks and the end result is Devon Kay & the Solutions covering “Big” by Less Than Jake. The kicker is the cover features Chris DeMakes on vocals! Finally, the band put together a sweet little video for the song and you can view it now at BrooklynVegan. With all of that being said, here is Devon Kay & the Solutions covering “Big” by Less Than Jake featuring guest vocals by Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake.
Devon Kay has used the term “the Solutions” to describe the members of his band his entire life. “The problem is,” Devon says, “my songs are only really good as the people in the band.” This is noticeable on the band’s third full length release Limited Joy. What was mainly a three-piece band, where Devon would experiment with his songwriting, became a full six-piece rock spectacle on the band’s latest effort. Longtime members/songwriters Devon Kay & Ryan Scottie (Drums) perfected a remote platform of recording after the best friends moved to different coasts. This style is showcased on last year’s album, Yes, I Can’t.
“We haven’t stepped foot inside a real studio in ages. There is no point. We are all budget-minded people who make art with our own money. We don’t dream of setting up for two weeks in a studio. We like to work on stuff after work in our home studios that for some of us are just laptops and some consumer microphones.”
Limited Joy is a step in a much larger direction for The Solutions. With the addition of Jacob Horn (Trombone), Jake Levinson (Bass), Ian Terry (Trumpet), & Joram Zbichorski (Keyboards), the band can now dip into a whole new world of sounds. Pulling inspiration from a love of pop punk and ska to new wave influence to big band horn lines, The Solutions are open to expanding the “ska-punk” genre to something you don’t need to apologize for liking… modern ska fans get it.
“All of these new Solutions are all crazy good musicians from Wisconsin. I dunno why I found this treasure trove of WI musicians by way of Chicago, but I did and you can’t have them.”
Since returning in 2019, the band is in full force with a new signing to A-F Records and has shared the stage with bands like All American Rejects, Bomb the Music Industry! & Dollar Signs.
Jeff Rosenstock, The Hippos, Less Than Jake, Los Campesinos
Release Date: October 2nd, 2020
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Mixed & Mastered by Ryan Solava
Engineered by Jake Levinson & Joram Zbichiroski