Mate In Germany [Release date 27.08.21]
Danko Jones are onto their tenth album, which also celebrates the 25th year anniversary of this uncompromising band. They have their own unique sound and keep on doing what they do best – uncompromising rock n roll. Like the offspring of Motorhead by way of Thin Lizzy and Therapy?
Besides Danko Jones himself on vocals and guitars, he rocks out in his power trio with bassist John ‘JC’ Calabrese and drummer Rich Knox.
‘Saturday’, is an ironic play on Elton John’s ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’ and sits well along the band’s other party rock anthems. Another artist getting a nod of appreciation are KISS on ‘Dangerous Kiss’. You can hear a bit of that band in the guitar and drums, although the lyrics aren’t about KISS!
Danko Jones has plenty to say on current affairs, in particular Black Lives Matter and George Floyd, on ‘Raise Some Hell’. Never preachy but making you think whilst enjoying a beauty of a guitar riff at the same time.
‘Let’s Rock Together’, along with opener ‘I Want Out’ are certain to become live favourites. Meat n potatoes hard rock with plenty of riffs for your money.
‘Start The Show’ actually ends this particular album’s show time and features a guest spot from Motorhead’s Phil Campbell. About how much the band and the fans have missed live music since the pandemic began, it is the album’s stand out. The relentless guitar and rhythm section – this is what a rock n roll power trio (plus one guest!) is all about.
Danko Jones may make enjoyable albums but as Danko Jones succinctly says – “We are definitely no studio band, we belong on the stage.” Here’s hoping they make it over to the UK sooner rather than later and we can enjoy them live again.
Modern day power trios don’t come much better than Danko Jones. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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