LIVE: Danko Jones – O2 Academy, Brixton 28/04/2018
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What better way to kick off a Saturday night in London than with a shot of high octane rock n’ roll in one of rock’s most iconic of venues, the Brixton Academy? Well, how about a HUGE shot of high octane rock n’ roll! Danko Jones was in town as guests of Skindred to get the crowd in the party mood, but for the loyal T-shirted fans at the front this moment was what the evening was all about, and a busy pit was testament to the pulling power of this three piece from Canada. The stage was set… guitar rig to the left, drums central and bass to the right, lit by shafts of white light from above with the Wild Cat backdrop looming high overhead. This simple setup is all Danko Jones needs. No fancy effects to distract from the purity of the music. From the opening track I Gotta Rock the message was clear.
A snappy Sugar Chocolate followed up, powered along by drummer Rich Knox, hair and arms flailing, and an equally visual John Calabrese with the dirtiest of bass sounds rumbling off the walls. The Twisting Knife continued the high pace with guitars buzzing and a relentless double thud of bass drum pumping through the pit. The woahs gave the fans an easy chance to sing along, and the singing continued throughout the catchy First Date, its AC/DC groove bringing more people to the throng at the front. With JC stepping forwards to the stage edge, encouraging the crowd to clap along, and Danko being his likeable charismatic self, the atmosphere was a fun one. Full Of Regret then had the pit pogoing on the Academy’s famous sloped floor and the party was in full swing. It was one of the highlights of the set, and a reminder that Danko Jones aren’t just a seriously hard rocking trio but classy players too, the syncopated groove locked in throughout. And what a chorus!
The tempo was raised again for a tight Had Enough, with barely a chance to wipe the sweat afterwards before Gonna Be A Fight Tonight rocked the room, fist pumps accompaning each “hey hey”. Danko then warmly thanked the crowd saying how “genuinely touched by your cheers” he was before Lovercall continued the show with JC and a down n dirty bassline once again taking the limelight. Crazy followed and My Little RnR closed the set in fine style, the rousing chorus driving the song all the way home. A fantastic set from a great rock n roll band who don’t play the UK nearly as much as they should, just a handful of times in recent years. They hit the European festivals this summer, so start planning that road trip.
Editors note – we would love to have brought you more from this show, but Skindred dicked people about with passes. Thanks guys, love you too!