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Hide yo kids, hide yo wives, the Canadians are coming! That’s right. Be prepared. The rock trio Danko Jones is invading America. One of the newest artists to be added to Skullcandy’s music roster is setting out on tour to promote their latest album “Rock and Roll is Black and Blue.” And Skullcandy wants YOU to rock out with them in NYC.
So what do we really know about rock ‘n’ roll? That it’s got a backbeat and you can lose it any old time you use it? That doing it all night will often lead to partying every day, or at the very least, some hootchiecoo? That it is most certainly not noise pollution (and thus, one presumes, environmentally-friendly). That there is at least one high school named after it? That it was given to you by God? That you can’t stop it? That it never forgets? And that, despite rumors of its demise, it will never die?
Danko Jones knows all of these things, but more than just celebrate the mythology of rock ‘n’ roll, he stands as a model of all the hard work required to honor its legacy. All the overnight drives, sleepless nights, long-distance relationship-ing, and pints of spilt blood and sweat (but no tears—there’s no crying in rock ‘n’ roll) – he knows it. It’s the only life he’s known for the past 16 years. Given everything he’s been through, it’s no surprise to find that rock ‘n’ roll has left Danko Jones a little black and blue. But he’s always itching for the next hit—like the sweet little heartbreakers that populate his songs, rock ‘n’ roll is an addiction he don’t wanna quit.
Over the course of six albums, Danko Jones has forged a singular brand of rock ‘n’ roll that draws equally from the blues, ’60’s garage, ’70’s hard rock and power-pop, ’80’s hardcore, ‘90’s indie rock and Scandinavian metal—not to mention classic stand-up comedy records—without ever being fully defined by any of those sources. But while built from the same rudiments, each Danko Jones record has possessed a distinct sonic identity and attitude. “I’m Alive” and “I’m On Fire” were pure blues-punk fury. “Born a Lion” brought the boogie and sledgehammer soul. “We Sweat Blood” was more anxious and aggro. “Sleep Is the Enemy” wielded the sharpest hooks. “Never Too Loud” was as slick as “Below the Belt” was stripped-down. But, compared to all that’s come before, “Rock and Roll Is Black and Blue” is, hands down, the most emotional and, as a result, the most epic Danko Jones album to date.