Canadian Musician - November/December 2021 - Page 34
L-R : DANKO JONES , RICH KNOX & JOHN ‘ JC ’ CALABRESE
PHOTO : DUSTIN RABIN
CANADA ’ S POWER TRIO KNOWS WHO THEY ARE - AND SO SHOULD YOU
BY ANDREW LEYENHORST CONCERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY PONTUS HAMMARSTRÖM
Let ’ s just drive into the sunset , no expectations And when we leave , we tell nobody , no one will know It ’ s ‘ bout time we got the hell out and made the distance And with you riding shotgun , I ’ m always home
-From “ I Want Out ”
Nearly two decades out from the release of debut LP Born a Lion ( 2002 ), and a handful of years more since their first EPs on Sonic Unyon in 1998 , Danko Jones – of course referring to both the band and the man who fronts it – have always remained steadfast in their mission to deliver audiences big , loud arena anthems grounded by a classic rock ‘ n roll soul . From the peaks and valleys of romance in all its facets to songs simply celebrating the joys of playing in a rock band , there is a distinct reverence for the legacy of rock that pervades through their music , and it ’ s earned them a passionate fanbase and a career that ’ s now seeing them surge into their fourth calendar decade with releases in the ‘ 90s , ‘ 00s , ‘ 10s , and ‘ 20s .
With the launch of their tenth studio effort , Power Trio , on Aug . 27 th , 2021 , it also marks the return of the band to Sonic Unyon after 23 years , their first release on the label since those 1998 EPs , specifically , the latter Danko Jones EP . Now , was it always the plan to just keep going the way they have ? Absolutely not , according to their eponymous singer , guitarist , and songwriter .