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Are You Afraid of The Danks - The Danks


RELEASE INFO

LABEL: Hidden Pony
RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2012
FORMATS: Digital

Band Members

Alec O'Hanley: Guitar, Synth, Vocals
Brohan Moore: Vocals, Guitar
Brian Murphy: Bass
Adam Hindle: Drums

BIOGRAPHY

Brohan Moore and Alec O’Hanley, have created a Frankenstein of sorts – Are You Afraid of The Danks is a powerhouse freak with a heart of gold.

Driven by small-town boredom and a severe distaste for contemporary pop, the Danks deliver a fistful of excitement with the follow-through of a wrecking ball in a Beverly Hills mansion. Recorded under sweltering circumstances in a Haligonian mini-mall, the quartet pounded out, among other things, the unflinchingly catchy Are You Afraid of The Danks.

The anti-workaday quartet has engaged in national tours with Hey Rosetta! and Two Hours Traffic, caused widespread wowing of festival patrons at both Pop Montreal and North by Northeast, and have graced Tokyo Police Club and Ted Leo with their blistering onstage presence. With cowboy capitalists sitting high on the Canadian bacon and the Buzzcocks approaching senior citizenry, the Danks propose an alternative economy, one that deals strictly in the currency of cool.

The Danks are heading into the studio this spring to record their sophomore album with producer Jeff McMurrich (Fucked UP, Constantines, Owen Pallett) and will be performing at the Hidden Pony Records showcase for the North By Northeast Music Festival on June 14th at the Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Review

by Ted Chase for qromag.com

Prince Edward Island’s The Danks put out a doozy late last year in Samples EP (QRO Review), seven songs of alt-pop sweetness that was still just billed as a taster before the March 31st 2009 release of their first full-length.  Unfortunately, Are You Afraid of the Danks? came out three months behind that schedule.  However, while not as pitch-perfect as the concise Samples, Are You Afraid is definitely worth the extra wait.

In some ways, The Danks’ LP feels a little less diverse than the EP, as an alt-pop press married to riffs & jangle pervade the record, starting with opener “What We’re Doing”, but the band does that sound very well.  There is some variation on this theme, such as the fuzzier, more ominous “The Squealer”, or the road-expanse in “In Alright”, but they’re still following the same basic vision.  Better is when they just add an element, like the actually neat stop-scratch to “No Radio”, or the restrained, slightly rough vocals that work well on the following “Die Young”.  And it’s still when The Danks go for the catchy alt-pop press & jangle that they’re at their best, like on “Die Young”, “Planet Beach”, and “Treaty Connector” (the opener to Samples – but the only Samples track on Are You Afraid).

Finisher “374” goes louder, more garage-jangle that’s so popular these days south of the (Canadian) border, and it kind of poses a conundrum: do you want The Danks to grow from their very solid alt-pop press base, or is it so sweet you can’t ask for anything more?  Are You Afraid of The Danks getting bigger?  Most bands would be lucky to have this problem…

 






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