Danko Jones Born A Lion (Universal) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
After years of back-room experimentation, Danko Jones appear to have discovered a way to combine the measured punch of Fugazi with ZZ Top's badass boogie. With Born A Lion (out Tuesday), they've perfected their grinding groove hybrid that's raunchy yet taut. The Make-Up also tried to sexy up hardcore before they got tangled up in their own preachy polemic, but Danko Jones might actually succeed where they failed. Who knows? Given the right label push and their relationships-be-damned willingness to tour non-stop, anything's possible for these knuckleheads. Danko Jones stage a Born A Lion release party Tuesday (July 23) at Club 279.