The Ontario hard rock band Danko Jones is almost looking back to three decades of stage appearance already. With Electric Sounds, the trio is releasing their eleventh studio album overall. I had a listen to the 15th September 2023 release.
Danko Jones – About The Artist
Danko Jones is a Canadian rock trio named after they band lead vocalist and guitarist Danko Jones, who is from Toronto. Like Jones himself, bassist John Calabrese is also a founding member of the act, while there have been some changes over time on the drums. Since 2013, Rich Knox is leading the rhythm section. The band has been founded in Jones’ home town in 1996 and started releasing albums in 2002. They debut was named Born a Lion. The band also managed to have some songs in the US and Canadian charts. The most popular song by the trio on Spotify is Had Enough from the 2010 Below The Belt album (roughly 28m streams). In 2022, the trio released a self-titled EP.. One year before, the released the album Power Trio.
Danko Jones – Electric Sounds – Track by Track
The eleven song album lasts 37 minutes
1. Guess Who’s Back
Guess who’s back?
Take your best shot
‘Cause I don’t give a damn
And when you realize it
It’s gonna make you shake
I know you’re gonna deny it
It’s gonna feel great
Okay, there is some self-confidence – and even more kick-ass rock attitude already in the first words of this 2023 album. The song is a great less than three minute warm-up for the listener. Gonna feel great are the last words of Guess Who’s Back – and I wouldn’t doubt about that so far.
2. Good Time
Good Time is not having a straight rock firework, as the stanzas are a bit more on the softer side. The more, the trio fires the rock music rockets in the chorus. Danko Jones does rock music the straight way. The first two songs are definitely already a strong argument to buy a ticket for his upcoming European tour (see below).
3. Electric Sounds
Three of the four opening tracks have been used as single releases already – the only exception is the title song on the third position. Electric Sounds sounds a bit more grunge-alike and also gives some opportunity to John Calabrese to showcase the bass. Apart from that, the Canadians again show a straight rocker with a lot of spirit – you feel the joy they had in the studio.
4. Get High?
Do you wanna get high?
I’m talking higher than the big blue sky
Do you wanna get high?
I’m seeing stars when I look in your eyes
This track has a bit of an garage touch to me. The guitars are not as much in focus as in some of the songs before. However, that also strengthens the groove of the song. At the chorus latest, you sing along and move to the rhythm anyway.
5. Stiff Competition
You’re the definition of stiff competition – the fifth song is going for a rougher, more snotty sound. The chorus is short, which even increases the fact that you keep it in mind more easily. Overall, the fifth track has also some really nice instrumental passages.
6. She’s My Baby
High speed, stomping rhythm and Danko Jones almost screaming in the microphone in the verses gives a really special touch. However, nothing beats the chorus, which is made like a dialog. Almost a punk touch in here – and to me, the most fun listen on the album.
Who’s that girl who looks so good?
She’s my baby
Who’s that girl who looks so fine?
She’s my baby
Who’s that girl who looks so chic?
She’s my baby
Who’s that girl who’s so unique?
She’s my baby
7. Eye for an Eye
Eye for an Eye keeps on having a fast, thumbing rhythm. No chance to relax while listening to the Electric Sounds – again, the instrumental section is real gem of this song.
8. I Like It
The laid back, groovy rock sound of I Like It reminds me of some Z.Z. Top songs. The very versatile accentuation on the vocal side leads to a very entertaining sound as well. I don’t know what is it – but I like it. I couldn’t sum up my feelings while listening to the eighth song better than using its very own lyrics.
9. Let’s Make Out
With the pre-chorus vocal style being close to spoken words, the chorus surprises with a very melodic, stadium rock style sound. The guitar riffs driving the song feel just like a perfect match to this sound.
10. What Goes Around
We are getting towards the grand finale – thus, it is perfect time to wear yourself out another time. The fast, cheeky punk-ish What Goes Around is a great opportunity to do so. The gungy sound of Jones’ vocals is enjoyable as well.
11. Shake Your City
The last song of Electric Sounds is also giving its name to the upcoming tour. Definitely a great selection, as the album closes with a great song for the stage. I am sure that the fans will sing-a-long with their Canadian idols in a few months.
Danko Jones – Electric Sounds – Spotify
I will add the Spotify widget once the album has been published.
Danko Jones – Electric Sounds – My View
I already really liked the Power Trio some two years ago – but Electric Sounds is even a bit of better to me. The Canadians are non-stop rocking. If you need a break you need to hit the pause button in this hard rock firework. Bu t be aware, there will be no pause button if you listen to these songs live on stage.
Favorite Song: She’s My Baby
Danko Jones – Shake Your City Tour 2024
The Canadians tour Europe towards the end of this year. They hit a lot of countries on the road:
|Tu 14.11.2023||Helsinki (Finland) – Tavastia|
|Th 16.11.2023||Zwolle (Netherlands) – Hedon|
|Fr 17.11.2023||Luxembourg (Luxembourg) – Den Atelier|
|Sa 18.11.2023||Leuven (Belgium) – Het Depot|
|Su 19.11.2023||Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Melkweg|
|Tu 21.11.2023||Copenhagen (Denmark) – Pumpehuset|
|We 22.11.2023||Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller|
|Th 23.11.2023||Gothenburg (Sweden) – Pustervik|
|Fr 24.11.2023||Stockholm – Debaser|
|Sa 25.11.2023||Malmö – Slagthuset|
|Mo 27.11.2023||Arnhem (Netherlands) – Luxor Live|
|Tu 28.11.2023||Cologne (Germany) – Carlswerk Victoria|
|We 29.11.2023||Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg|
|Th 30.11.2023||Hamburg – Große Freiheit 36|
|Fr 01.12.2023||Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal||Sold out|
|Sa 02.12.2023||Leipzig – Täubchenthal|
|Su 03.12.2023||Porthcawl, Trecco Bay (United Kingdom) – Planet Rockstock|
|Tu 05.12.2023||Lindau (Germany) – Club Vaudeville|
|We 06.12.2023||Zurich (Switzerland) – Dynamo|
|Th 07.12.2023||Milan (Italy) – Legend Club|
|Fr 08.12.2023||Rubingen (Switzerland) – Mühle Hunziken|
|Sa 09.12.2023||Paris (France) – Backstage by The Mill|
|Su 10.12.2023||Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands) – Gebouw-T|
|Tu 12.12.2023||Bristol (United Kingdom) – Thekla|
|We 13.12.2023||Glasgow – King Tuts|
|Th 14.12.2023||Nottingham – Rescue Rooms|
|Fr 15.12.2023||Manchester – Rebellion|
|Sa 16.12.2023||London – Garage|
Travel (Greater Toronto)