Biography

Christopher Douglas Demakes (born September 27th, 1973) is the guitarist and, along with Roger Manganelli, vocalist of the ska-punk band Less Than Jake. Demakes is one of the original band members, as well as former bassist Shaun Grief and the current drummer Vinnie Fiorello. While Fiorello is the lyricist, Demakes and Manganelli write the music. He has been married at least once and is currently divorced. Chris also writes his own songs and performs solo. He provided guest vocals on “Print On Paper” by Stephen Egerton for his 2010 solo album.

Chris was born in Michigan, however, he grew up in Port Charlotte, Florida where he met Vinnie Fiorello. The two friends played in a local band, Good Grief, and when Chris moved up to Gainesville, Florida to attend the University of Florida, Fiorello followed suit to ensure their musical collaboration would continue.

Chris is known for his stage presence. Along with saying outrageous things on stage, he appears to have a fetish for running around the drumset during songs and getting the crowd to start huge mosh/circle pits. He sometimes dresses up in costumes for Less Than Jake’s live shows, though this was mostly done during the earlier years. Some examples include a gym teacher, a redneck, a baseball player, an 80’s metal head, a college professor and more recently, Bob Barker from The Price Is Right.

The bassist/vocalist for the band The Goo Goo Dolls, Robby Takac, has been said to have a deep, harsh voice similar to Chris Demakes, as well as a fanaticism for PEZ Candy, a trait shared by two of Chris’s bandmates.

A few of the Less Than Jake songs are written about some of Chris’ actual friends. Mark Cruce, mentioned in the lyrics of Mr. Chevy Celebrity is an example of this. Also, according to Vinnie, the song Jen Doesn’t Like Me Anymore is about a girl who had a crush on Chris, but ending up hating him in the end.

Edited by TheOnlyRoc on 10 May 2010, 23:56

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