Wild Cat is what’s right with modern music—no frills, no gimmicks, just straight up rock ‘n’ roll. Danko Jones deliver its first album in two years and it’s exactly what you’d expect from the band.
When Danko Jones first began touring in 1996 the group had no intention of recording an album. They wanted to rely on their strong live performances to build their reputation—both internationally and at home in Canada. Eventually they relented and released the self-produced six-song EP, My Love is Bold, and followed that up with their first full-length, Born a Lion.
In 15 years, the band has released eight full-length albums and toured extensively, while topping charts in Sweden, Belgium, France and Canada.
The first single, and video, “My Little RnR” is a rock ‘n’ roll love song for a girl that “looks like a million bucks” when she rolls out of bed.
Danko Jones toured and performed with Motörhead dozens of times during their career and “Let’s Start Dancing” sounds like an homage to the late Lemmy Kilmister—Motörhead’s iconic singer and frontman who passed away in late 2015. It comes out blistering with the same rollicking fun and riffage of “Ace of Spades,” only slowing down to give you a breather before coming back equally as raucous.
I can’t help but draw comparisons to legendary bands like AC/DC, Motörhead and The Rolling Stones, in that while there is nothing incredibly original or innovative about Wild Cat, this is an album that is so much fun and full of energy that you don’t even notice or care. In fact, it feels familiar, and that’s part of the charm—it’s a throwback album that isn’t intentionally a throwback.
There is nothing tongue-in-cheek about it, this is a band creating the music they love with the people they love to play with.
The Danko Jones live show is a force to be reckoned with and it’s obvious when you watch it that this is where the band is most at home. They manage to translate this energy and swagger to the studio—which isn’t a small feat.
At only 11 songs, Wild Cat, is a short blast of rock ‘n’ roll. Concise, fun and never slows down.