Volume 92, Issue 3

Friday, May 29, 1998

big business


Jones'n for some high style

By Tim Merrill
Gazette Staff

Trying to explain the phenomena of Danko Jones to the uninspired is a lot like trying to talk about sex – you can deal with the before and the after, but the performance is exactly what it's all about.

For almost two years now, the Toronto trio Danko Jones have been sweeping audiences off their feet and knocking them on their proverbial asses with full-blown rock and roll spectacles.

For those with an open ear, Danko Jones is part James Brown and part Maximum R&B, mixed with a good shot of seventies rock and roll la Thin Lizzy and served in a well dressed suit. To say Danko Jones comes across on stage as slick as butter in a skillet is a clear understatement. A growing number of musicians in Toronto swear by his gracing stage presence and have converted to the church of Danko.

To hear the band explain the phenomenon is a different matter. "We've just continued to play hard and focus on what we're trying to do," says bassist John Scaltro

Danko Jones first approached the Toronto music scene by bringing in touring bands from outside the city and sporadically opening up for them. Those lucky enough to catch the band immediately caught onto their wildfire rhythms and the full sexual swagger of the lead steed himself, Mr. Danko Jones (a.k.a. The Mango Kid).

While Jones may be a man of few literal words, he speaks volumes on stage – loud and proud. In a day and age when the average music fan is buffeted by an endless barrage of radio pablum, Danko Jones has helped by providing a good healthy shot in the arm for today's faltering state of rock and roll.

"I think that the music was just more underground and that more people are beginning to pay attention to it. There's more focus on rock bands now because heavy metal is gone," says Jones.

With the release of the four-song CD/EP Sugar Chocolate through the Sonic Unyon label, Danko Jones has finally taken a stab at trying to capture the intensity of live shows within the studio.

"We usually just record twenty songs in a day and mix them the day after. I'm sure we could do justice if we spent some more time in the studio, but the live shows will always be the live shows."

Many good things can be seen in the cards for Danko Jones, with hopes of a European tour and numerous shows throughout Canada and the United States. Those who lay witness to the almighty power of Danko Jones will experience 110 per cent of raw rock and roll intensity, guaranteed.

"I think we're on pretty much every time we play. The intensity level is the same with every show. It doesn't matter if we're playing to one person or one hundred, they're going to get the same energy. The deliverance is all the same."

Thank God for Danko Jones, for delivering us from rock and roll stagnation.

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