By: Maria Ciezak
As much as I hate to say these words, real talent goes undiscovered all the time; I see it firsthand. Some fortunate talent earn a solid, cult fan base, and maybe get some sort of deal or noteworthy tour, and only a small portion shape an actual full-time career out of their music. This statement brings one band in particular to mind, Japandroids- a two-piece electric guitarist/drummer template from Vancouver. They released some EPâ€™s before their first full length in 2009 entitled Post-Nothing. I read in several interviews with the band that it has been quite the struggle with playing shows and trying to gain that full-time status. Long story short, take some time to check out some REAL musicians.
Japandroids need to be a band on your radar. Their new record Celebration Rock is one that I cannot get off of my rotation. Their boundless energy and catchy sound is so unavoidably contagious. This 8 song record stays strong throughout 35 minutes. I am not here to break this effort down track by track, because it does not need to be done. If you listen to it closely, openly, and hard enough, you will be pleasingly worn-out by its end.
Celebration Rock is one of those infrequent releases that will not NEED an additional listen to expose its exquisiteness, because everything that they loaded onto this disc â€“ ingeniously and personally â€“ is raw and real, with nothing to hide. There are no fine print details, and no dotted lines you need to sign. There are no coatings or sub-layers. Itâ€™s exactly what it says it is: a celebration of festivities engaged; genuinely good music.
One guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers. They call it garage rock. But they won’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal to the utmost extent, believe that. Give this release and this duo a chance, and donâ€™t ever look back.