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“If they try to slow you down/Tell them all to go to hell,” The Japandroids shout-sing on Celebration Rock’s opener, “The House That Heaven Built.” Singer/guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse nearly broke up before they even released their debut album, 2009’s Post-Nothing, due to a lack of interest in their hometown of Vancouver, B.C.; thank goodness they persevered. The Japandroids’ second album is so fresh and so unclean; Pitchfork has weighed in that this hook-heavy affair is “a rock record for the ages.” Certainly it’s packed with bursts of pretty punk rock that’s smart enough to be self-referential and emotionally grounded enough to avoid irony. Self-questioning swagger is on display throughout this album—the kind of style displayed by The Replacements in the '80s, The Afghan Whigs in the '90s, and more recently the Canadian act The Constantines and the Brooklyn-based band The Men.

Customer Reviews

Give me younger us!

In retrospect, I think my 20 year old self would apprciate that my 33 year old self gets nostalgic for this. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to wrangle a toddler who won't stay in bed.

sidebar: thems some kickass song titles! Anyone of those could be a passable tattoo without any Japandroids context.

Perfect name!

Celebrating rock!!!! And life!!!!!

célébrons le rock !

très bon album !


Formed: 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Japandroids are an indie garage rock duo from Vancouver comprised of Brian King (guitar) and David Prowse (drums), who share singing duties. Founded in 2006, the band self-released a pair of five-track EPs, All Lies (2007) and Lullaby Death Jams (2008), before making its full-length album debut with Post-Nothing (2009) on the Canadian label Unfamiliar Records. Though Japandroids were more or less unknown at the time of their album debut, Post-Nothing got a big boost from the tastemaking website Pitchfork,...
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