Toronto rocker DANKO JONES' new official podcast (#31) is out now. Danko caught up with OPETH leader Mikael Åkerfeldt this past August at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany and talked about singing techniques, soft music, and a lot of KISS. Check it out below:
Danko Jones recently announced that he will sit down with writer Stuart Berman and host CBC Music host Vish Khanna on November 16th at Soundscapes in Toronto, ON to discuss Berman's new book - Too Much Trouble: A Very Oral History Of Danko Jones.
The event will also feature a Q&A session with fans. For more info visit the official Facebook page
Danko recently spoke with BW&BK's Carl Begai about Too Much Trouble – A Very Oral History Of Danko Jones, penned by Stuart Berman. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Danko: "I told Stuart that we weren’t going to censor anything they (the band's peers and detractors) said. There were a few points when I read over the drafts where I started yelling 'That motherfucker!' (laughs). It took me back to that moment in time five years back or whatever and I’m going 'That motherfucker is such a bullshitter!' There were a couple times when I mailed Stuart back and said 'Seriously man, I’ve gotta reply to this! I’ve gotta say something! This is bullshit!' I never said strike it from the book, though. We left it all in.”
An excerpt from the book is available below:
Danko Jones: "In 2005, we played a show somewhere in the northeast of America. And the club was structured so that the big room - which is where we were playing - was on the top level, and below that there was a smaller room, but both shows shared a dressing room. In the dressing room, there was a communal computer, and we needed to use it. And there was a guy sitting at the computer, who was obviously a part of the other show. I asked, 'Are you finished?' And he goes, 'Hold on a second.' And then he leaves, and JC sat down at the computer -- and on the screen that guy had written 'Danko Jones is corporate rock' or something like that. It was a guy from (Montreal indie-rock band) SUNSET RUBDOWN. And we almost beat him up. A girl who was with him defended him, so we just scared the shit out of him - we were like, 'Who the fuck are you? Where are you from?' And he says, 'Montreal.' And we're like [sarcastically], 'Oh, Montreal' - because we knew that was the new indie rock Mecca.
A description written by Stuart Berman about the 160-page paperback reads as follows:
Danko Jones may be a straight-forward rock band, but their story is anything but. They’re a band that has roots in many different music communities - the North American indie-rock scene, the Scandinavian garage-rock scene, the European metal scene - but belong to none of them. They’re the only band that’s toured with both Blonde Redhead and Nickelback, and they’re the only band whose biography could attract a cast of characters that includes Lemmy Kilmister of MOTÖRHEAD, Elijah Wood, Ralph Macchio, Peaches, Dizzy Reed of GUNS N' ROSES, Damian Abraham of FUCKED UP, Jello Biafra of THE DEAD KENNEDYS, George Stroumboulopoulous, Alan Cross, Mike Watt and many others.
Too Much Trouble is about more than just Danko Jones’ history - it’s an exploration of the rigid politics that govern both underground and mainstream music, and how a band can succeed without pandering to either.
This is a 15-year saga that goes from college-radio DJ booths to corporate boardrooms, from dingy after-hours boozecans to the biggest festival stages in Europe, marked by encounters with everyone from D.C. riot grrrls to Dublin riot police, from death-metal deities to Hollywood celebrities. And if all this sounds somewhat preposterous, well, as Danko himself would say: this book ain’t boastin’, it’s truthin’.