DANKO JONES To Release 'Fire Music' In February

DANKO JONES To Release 'Fire Music' In February

Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based rockers DANKO JONES will release their new album, "Fire Music", on February 10, 2015 as a digipack CD and vinyl LP. The effort was helmed by Juno Award-winning producer Eric Ratz (BILLY TALENT, MONSTER TRUCK, CANCER BATS).

A snippet of the new DANKO JONES track "Gonna Be A Fight Tonight" can be heard below. The accompanying video includes footage from MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat cruise, a show at Stockholm, Sweden's Gröna Lund amusement park, and the recording of the new album.

The music of DANKO JONES has always doubled as a form of therapy, a physical and emotional release for those times when love is unkind. "Fire Music", however, is what happens when therapy doesn't work, when all that pent-up agitation is left to stew and gets expelled into pure, merciless, violent rock 'n' roll fury. "You don't listen to love anymore," frontman Danko Jones sings to the titular "Wild Woman" of the album's opening track — so, he reasons, perhaps she'll listen to hate. "The Twisting Knife", "Gonna Be a Fight", "Body Bags" — these aren't mere expressions of frustration, they're declarations of war: scorched-earth salvos that take no prisoners and spare no survivors, unleashing a torrent of MISFITS-worthy "WOAH-OH-OH" and "HEY! HEY!" shout-along hooks that cheer on the destruction with an almost sadistic glee. When Danko takes the briefest of pauses on "Body Bags" to declare, "I do not forget/ I do not forgive," it feels like we've crossed a point of no return that whatever belief he ever had in love and romance has disintegrated into the darkest depths of his blackened soul.

No doubt, the recruitment of new drummer Rich Knox — formerly of southern-fried Toronto rockers FLASH LIGHTNING — has had an adrenalizing effect on band co-founders Danko and John "JC" Calabrese, his rampaging rhythms pushing the veteran duo to new extremes of intensity. But if "Fire Music"'s first side takes a raze 'n' blaze approach, its second act presents less blitzkrieg, more bop — after all, if your world's gone to hell, what else can you do but laugh? And so the smooth-talkin' Mango Kid of old reemerges on "Do You Wanna Rock" asking, "Are you ready for the greatest feeling? Are you ready for the time of your life?" — which the song's slinky, cowbelled boogie dutifully delivers as advertised. The tongue-through-cheek "Getting Into Drugs", meanwhile, goes for another twirl on the same brass rail as the 2012 lap-dance anthem "Legs", giving shout-outs to THE ROLLING STONES and WU-TANG CLAN along the way; "Watch You Slide" is a torqued-up blues-punk shuffle that hearkens back to Danko's maiden mid-'90s romps through the Toronto indie scene (a moment in time further immortalized on the 2014 compilation of early demos, "Garage Rock!: A Collection Of Lost Songs From 1996-1998"). And in the grand Danko Jones tradition of roof-raising, show-stopping, wall-crumbling finales (see: "My Love Is Bold"'s "Love Is Unkind", "Below The Belt"'s "I Wanna Break Up With You" or "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue"'s "I Believed in God"), we have "She Ain't Coming Home", wherein all the rage and regret simmering through "Fire Music" is manifest in a riotous roadhouse-metal gallop and a soaring, arms-interlocked group chorus that audiences will no doubt be singing long after the house lights have turned back on and security escorts them out of the venue.

With "Fire Music", you get an album that burns at both ends, showcasing Danko Jones at both their most energetic and eclectic, like a greatest-hits career retrospective made up of all-new material, delivering blasts from the past while blazing trails into the future. "I got a date with dynamite," Danko sang back in 1996 by way of introduction, "if you got the guts, well, light my match." Eighteen years later on "Fire Music", that offer still stands.

"Fire Music" track listing:

01. Wild Woman
02. The Twisting Knife
03. Gonna Be A Fight Tonight
04. Body Bags
05. Live Forever
06. Do You Wanna Rock
07. Getting Into Drugs
08. Watch You Slide
09. I Will Break Your Heart
10. Piranha
11. She Ain't Coming Home

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