Spin (p.78) - "Jones knows how to throw down odes to rockin'...nodding to Sabbath, Foo Fighters, and Rocket From the Crypt..."
Audio Mixer: Nick Raskulinecz.
Recording information: Studio 606, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Ron Boudreau.
Not too many people outside of Canada and Scandinavia seemed to notice, but Toronto-based trio Danko Jones were responsible for some of the most electrifying, ass-kicking, fearsomely focused hard rock of the third millennium's first decade. That being said, after failing to attract a larger audience with two unquestionably stellar albums released through Razor & Tie, the band found itself relegated to smaller indie label Bad Taste for 2008's NEVER TOO LOUD, meaning that not even U.S. distribution was a given. Notwithstanding this problematic setback, Danko Jones showed they still held an ace or two in their hands by securing the services of hotshot producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Velvet Revolver, Rush, etc.) to oversee NEVER TOO LOUD's sessions, and their new ally seemed to be fan enough to not attempt altering the band's sound, even while helping the group to cast a slightly wider stylistic net beyond its usual Thin Lizzy and AC/DC-fishing grounds. Among the resulting surprises was the acoustic guitar-driven nostalgia of "Take Me Home" and a pair of stoner rock-flavored offerings in the Fu Manchu-like, groove-oriented opener "Code of the Road" and the extended six-minute head nod of "Forest for the Trees" (Danko's longest track ever, by far). Beyond this experimental trio, though, NEVER TOO LOUD remained relatively faithful to the familiar Danko Jones sound--albeit rarely played quite as loud as on prior releases.