Danko Jones Biography
The Toronto, Ontario CANADA, outfit Danko Jones began life in 1996 by a guy, vocalist + guitarist Danko Jones, who developed an unusual mixture of Hard-Rock, Grunge and Funk. The band's line-up comprised of Jones, bassist John 'JC' Calabrese and drummer Damon Richardson, the latter joined around the turn of the century.
Originally they didn't even want to release an album opting to have the
band's live reputation spread via word of mouth. Eventually, the trio
reneged and put out an eponymous 5-track EP on Sonic Unyon records in
The following year they released the self-produced "My Love Is Bold" EP and achieved national exposure with the single "Bounce".
During 2001 was released "I'm Alive And On Fire", a full-length disc that collected all of the material released to date.
"Born A Lion", the first trio album of all-new songs, arrived in mid-2002 and included two singles: the Billboard's Mainstream Rock top 40 hit "Lovercall" and "Sound Of Love"; the record received positive reviews in their native Canada and especially in Europe.
Danko Jones issued its second proper album, "We Sweat Blood",
in October 2003 on Bad Taste label, it spawned several singles: "Living
In The City", "Forget My Name", "Dance" and "I
Want You", the latter of which broke into the Sweden Top 40 chart.
Over the next two years, the band toured throughout Europe, Australia and finally landed a contract with Razor & Tie for a U.S. release of "We Sweat Blood".
"Sleep Is The Enemy" followed in early 2006, the formula for both these albums has been pretty consistent: fast power chords with a distorted bass echoing the guitar, loud, driving drums and vocals that fluctuate from a low growl to a mellifluous croon to a full-out scream. The powerhouse Rock trio's third LP and the first to feature new drummer Dan Cornelius, included their second U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock top 40 hit, "First Date".
In late February 2008, Danko Jones returned with "Never Too Loud"; the disc comprised 11 new songs recorded at Studio 606 in Los Angeles. The group put out a couple of singles, 100 XR's favs "Code Of The Road" and "Take Me Home" and supported the album by embarking on extensive tours across Europe with Motörhead.
After failing to attract a larger audience with four unquestionably stellar
albums, the three-piece Hard-Rock band from Toronto, issued their next
record, "Below The Belt", in May 2010. It included the Canadian
Active Rock radio top 3 hit "Full Of Regret" and "Active Volcanoes", a further top 10 entrant. In U.S. two were the singles that cracked the Mainstream Rock chart: "Full Of Regret" and "I Think Bad Thoughts".
In the summer of 2011 it was announced that ex-Angels & Airwaves drummer Atom Willard joined forces with the band on tour replacing Cornelius.
In October 2012 Danko Jones released their sixth studio album, "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue". The first single, "Just A Beautiful Day", quickly catapulted into the top 10 of the Canadian Active Rock airplay chart and later inched into the top 30 of the U.S. Mainstream Rock list; the second single, "I Believed In God", was also aired on Rock radio in Canada.