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Are You Afraid of the Danks?

(Collagen Rock; US: 7 Jul 2009; UK: Import)

How so many sub-par, paint-by-numbers power-pop bands find fame and fortune, while true masterminds of the rock ‘n’ roll hook like the Danks go largely unnoticed is a crime akin to high treason in modern rock. To call the 12 tracks on Are You Afraid of the Danks?, the band’s debut full-length, as catchy would serve as a gross understatement. These sharp and precisely crafted tracks are cut as lean as a middle-distance runner; yet each two-minute gem maintains the intensity and muscle of a sprint to the finish line. The charming, fuzzed-out stomp of “Treaty Connector” is so ripe with gleaming hooks it’s almost blinding, but close your eyes, and you’ll miss the Danks; the quartet’s true sonic resonance is most certainly in the blistering, immediate impact of Are You Afraid of the Danks?. Do your best to keep your eyes on these guys.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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