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Reviewed by Thomas
Special guest: TwoPointEight, Brant Bjork & The Bros
City: Gothenburg, Sweden
Venue: Trädgårn
Date: 16 March 2006
Brant Bjork & The Bros set length: 45 minutes
Dank Jones set length: 65 minutes


Brant Bjork & The Bros

It must be seen as a brave choice to let Brant Bjork and his Bros to open for Danko Jones as they are miles apart musically. While Danko Jones is going at full throttle with his music, Brant Bjork is going slowly as a snail in comparison. Brant, with a history in bands like the mighty Kyuss and Fu Manchu, gives you a hint on how this outfit sounds like, meaning slow and groovy desert rock.

Brant Bjork & The Bros might have been oh so boring to watch, especially since their bass player stood with his back against the crowd all the time, I do not think he ever turned around and faced the audience once. And none of the others in the band did much of an attempt to interact with crowd either. Nevertheless, I found their music quite intriguing, the music was slow and rooted in stoner with a great amount of blues in it and the pace was seldom above the 'slow' mark. Their organic rock had a flow even if they at times could just drift in to an endless slow part where nothing really happened apart from a groovy rhythm and with Brant's slow and blues sounding guitar on top.

This was not the right place for this band and most in the crowd didn't seem to bother about the guys on stage who had no stage charisma, although it bothered me that so many in the crowd disrespectfully kept yakking while they played. The songs were long and introverted and to get in the mood for Danko this was perhaps not the best warm up, even if I liked to allow myself drifting away by their groove. This kind of music with its long introverted parts and small nuances needs your full attention. Perhaps a bit too slow to be enjoyed live for my part at times though, but when they kicked into some heavy stoner groove, this was excellent.

6 chalices of 10

(Sorry, no setlist)


Danko Jones

A concert with Danko Jones can easily be summarized with one word: intense. When this band enters the stage they hit you like a freight train and even if the crowd felt a bit slow this evening, 'slow' is the last word to be used to describe the performance from Danko Jones. With a cocky and self-certain yet humble attitude, the band make no mistakes and delivered a little more than an hour of high intense heavy rock 'n' roll. Their mix of metal, punk, blues and soul is perfect for live events and compared with their albums, on stage is the place where Danko Jones comes to their fully right.

The band is a most powerful trio but it is Danko Jones himself that it the most powerful, when he get going he is like a raging bull and he doesn't know anything else than to always give a hundred percent on stage. The sound was great, as was their performance and the mix of songs leaves me with nothing to complain about since the mix of old and new songs was really good. The most songs came from the new album Sleep is The Enemy which is a strong album with songs that turned out to be even stronger live.

Nevertheless it didn't really loosen up, the intensity was there and Danko himself was on fire but there was something that I can't put my finger on that was missing. Might it have been that it was a Thursday night and that a big part of the crowd seemed to be a bit tired? Best song of the evening and the one where everything was all ace was Lovercall, it is obvious that it is their greatest hit since at that point things really were on fire. Danko Jones live is to me one of the best and hardest working bands there is, and this was one of the better times I have seen them.

8 chalices of 10


I´m Alive And On Fire
Sticky Situation
Forget My Name
Sugar Chocolate
First Date
Way To My Heart
Wait A Minute
Don´t Fall In Love
Baby Hates Me
Woogie Boogie
The Cross
The Finger
Word Is Bond
Suicide Woman
She´s Drugs
Sleep Is The Enemy
Love Is Unkind


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