May 29, 2012

Celebration Rock

Point anyone you know looking for life-affirming art over to Vancouver noise rock duo Japandroids, they'll love you for it. In just 36 minutes on their new album Celebration Rock, Brian King and David Prowse cut through the lethargy of indie rock in favor of something more loud and immediate. ("Celebration Rock" is an accurate title) A fantastic followup to 2009's spotty-in-places Post-Nothing, this disc is 8 tracks of the most joyous, skyward rock anthems imaginable. Album opener "The Nights of Wine and Roses" starts with literal firework smolders and bursts into life with noisy delayed guitar and survival-filled lines like "do we have anything to live for/well of course we do", with near-athletic drumming throughout. The record keeps up this grueling pace, closing with the slightly reserved "Continuous Thunder", which ends fittingly on the same fireworks the album began with. Most bands who possess the audacity to name their songs things like "Adrenaline Nightshift" and "The House That Heaven Built" could never back such grand labels up sonically; Japandroids match their track names 1:1.

Stream: Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Celebration Rock is out 6/5 on Polyvinyl Records.

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