The revved-up rock and roll trio known as Danko Jones may be from around these parts but that doesn't mean it's where they've been spending most of their time. For the last couple of years, the band has strangely been without a Canadian record deal, forced to sit on the sidelines in their home country when not scorching stages across the US, Europe, and the rest of the world.
All that may be about to change, however. Canadian imprint Aquarius Records has signed the band and will give Danko's upcoming album, Sleep Is The Enemy, a domestic release in early 2006. The album title is an appropriate one, given the trio's legendary touring schedule.
Already this year, the band has completed a tour of South Africa, followed that up with a sold-out European tour (where Danko also hosts a popular radio show and pens monthly columns for two Euro music magazines), then embarked on two month-long American jaunts with a third already set for September opening for Flogging Molly and Our Lady Peace.
With a Canadian deal finally inked, however, homegrown fans can expect to see Danko tear it up across the Great White North early next year.
"Danko Jones is a great live act with really accessible music and the band arrives at Aquarius with well-deserved foreign validation", said Aquarius exec Keith Brown. "We are confident that 2006 will be the year Danko Jones hits home in a big way."
Just in case you were wondering, Sleep Is The Enemy promises not to stray too far from the band's jackhammer riffage/down-and-dirty lyrics blueprint. Swaggering lead singer Jones, for one, is typically confident with regards to the record's chances.
"Sleep Is The Enemy is the antithesis of the soft rock, pseudo-angst post grunge, cabaret loving, scarf wearing, indie rock anorexic sub-male bull phenomenon that has enraptured the music scene today."
Indeed. And if you, too, dislike indie boys in scarves, look for Sleep Is The Enemy to hit shelves in the new year. For more information, check out the band's website at www.dankojones.com.
Writer: Neil McDonald