My introduction to Vancouver’s Japandroids was rather unconventional. You see, I liked this bb who was really into music, so I downloaded “Post-Nothing” to impress him. And I guess it worked, because he really wanted to hold hands afterwards.
Anyways, it turns out that the bb actually did me a huge favor, as Japandroids have since become one of my favorite local acts.
Japandroids did big things in 2012, and not just by Canadian music standards. They released their second studio album, “Celebration Rock”, which received an 8.8 from Pitchfork, and landed on the Billboard 200 charts at #37. Oh, I should also mention that they were named as a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Polaris Music Prize, an honour that would eventually be awarded to some chick named Feist.
“Celebration Rock” is pure musical brilliance, as it casually invokes a teenage wasteland spirit without sounding like Papa Roach or Simple Plan. Wow, I can’t believe I just used Japandroids and Papa Roach in the same sentence. I apologize to anyone that is actually reading this. But seriously, ”Celebration Rock” is a solid piece of work with standout writing and production from the first to the last track.
On December, 22 the boys are finishing up their lengthy 2012 tour at the Richshaw Theatre with Mac Demarco. If you’re lucky you may be able to cop a ticket here. Good luck.
posted by @clarkbs