Release Date: Mar 3, 2017
Record label: AFM Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
Back in the mid-20th century, before rock & roll was used to describe a type of music, it was an obscure euphemism for the physical act of love. In 2017, Danko Jones haven't tried to reclaim rock & roll's original meaning, but they have decided to make a rock & roll album (music that's fast, loud, and has a lot of guitars) about rock & roll (love, sex, and the charms of the female species). Wild Cat isn't crassly obsessed with sex, but on this album, Danko Jones sound as fascinated with women as they are with guitars, and tunes like "Do This Every Day," "My Little Rock 'n' Roll," and "She Likes It" are lean, loud, and swaggering celebrations of both romance and Eros.
Just like Lynyrd Skynyrd, who didn't stray from southern rock and AC/DC, who were never going to drop a death metal album, we've come to expect the expected from Canadian trio Danko Jones. Danko specialises in macho rock'n'roll about screwing women and partying all night, but it's done with a self-aware side-eye, while also retaining the frenetic, adrenalin-fuelled ethos of his punk rock roots. Wild Cat is business as usual right from the opening predictable party anthem I Gotta Rock.
Danko Jones manages to sing the word "rock" more than a dozen times on the first two tracks of eighth album Wild Cat. It comes across as almost a deliberate challenge to critics to dismiss the band's whole shtick, although you also get the sense that they're completely sincere about their affection for rock clichés. In other words, Wild Cat is exactly what you'd expect from a Danko Jones record.