Album Review: Danko Jones – “Fire Music”
Scary to think that this is no less than Danko Jones’ eighth album, but reassuring to know that there’s no signs of these veterans slowing down. Having started out as a raw-as-red-meat garage rock combo turning out tight-as-you-like frenetic anthems like nobody’s business at the turn of the millennium, the last few albums have seen the trademark DJ sound start to evolve. But the key is, it’s evolving in a good way. With Fire Music, they’ve come up with their heaviest record yet, and one of their best.
Danko Jones in 2015 are more an out and out rock band – there’s elements of their garage rock roots still there no doubt about it, but the sound’s a lot more polished and slick. But the key is, it’s still tight as you like and with attitude to spare. Gleefully sicko slasher-punk anthems like The Twisting Knife and Body Bags are the sort of things Wednesday 13 wishes he could still write, while the pounding energy of Do You Wanna Rock? is a rock club anthem in waiting. Elsewhere, the vicious Gonna Be A Fight Tonight is a distant cousing of the Loyalties’ Whole Lotta Hate with its ready-to-ruck lyrics.
In fact, all eleven of the songs on here are pure energy, from the sinister Danzig-indebted I Will Break Your Heart and She Ain’t Comin’ Home, to the pure punk energy of Watch You Slide and Piranha. It’s 35 minutes of pure energy which doesn’t think of letting up for one second and, for that, it should be right at the top of your shopping list this month.
Plenty of life left in this lot, make no mistake. Fire Music has definitely set the high bar for albums in 2015 so far, and is definitely one you should check out. Tight, fast and vicious with attitude oozing out of every lyric and riff, it's everything you'd want in a rock album to put a smile on your face after a bad day. What more can I say? BUY the bugger!