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Celebration Rock

Japandroids

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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.

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An Absolute Triumph

King and Prowse have really tightened up their game here, and we get anthem after anthem of bright-burning nostalgia, the kind that evokes scream-a-longs during roadtrips, a soundtrack to turn any moment amongst friends feel so undoubtedly significant.

This effect is accomplished through a breakneck pacing, and superbly clever lyric writing. On "Post-Nothing", we got a 3 minute song without a chorus and only three verses consisting of the same line shouted over and over, to rousing effect. Everyone loves "Wet Hair". "SHE HAD WET HAIR SAY WHAT YOU WILL / I DON'T CARE, I COULDN'T RESIST HER," shouted the duo. It was stupidly simple. It was brilliant.

But now, on nearly every song on "Celebration Rock", we get that kind of anthemic lyricism *you* wish you could write. It's an old trick, but it's frankly very difficult: Sing about specific things, but make those specifics seem universal. See the lyrics of the one of the *fantastic* B-side highlights "Younger Us": "Give me that naked, new skin rush... give me that you and me to the grave trust..." and later, "give me that night you were already in bed, said 'f**k it' and got up to drink with me instead." The album sees a generous usage of the pronoun "we" in place of "I", because you're part of this party too. And it never gets preachy or unwarranted. Japandroids have a visceral approach to anthem-punk that is addictive to anyone listening. I know because I tested it by playing the record for my 53 year old father. He loved it, and his favorite records are all by Hall and Oates. (So there.)

The album centerpiece is undoubtedly the penultimate "The House that Heaven Built", in which King screams to a lover, or friend, or family, (or you) "When then love you, and they will, tell them all they'll love in my shadow." It's that all-inclusive sentiment of us-against-the-odds that feels apt in nearly every circumstance, delivered with a fire of youth and gravity that characterizes the whole album. If you've got 6 pack, and a group of best friends, Japandroids will soundtrack your nights for the summer to come.

Great, Great Album.

I can't believe this has kind of been buried in iTunes.

This is such a fantastic Indie Rock album. Don't let the mere 8 songs deter your from buying it!! It is worth every penny.

This is a press play and rock out album. Every track is great but "The House That Heaven Built" will likely be the huge song of it. It is so infectious.

Japandroids

Search, search, search iTunes for something original and ONCE in awhile a jewel amongst all the new crap appears. This is a record to spend the summer with. Buy it!!!!

Biography

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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