I don’t care for the songs but undeniably, these two guys put out some serious sound and if you are into this type of music you will love this. I think you could have this on really loud and suddenly feel compelled to throw things at the wall.
Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This ’band’ started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ’lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are one guitar, one set of drums, and two vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two piece band trying to sound like a five piece band.
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This album flies by in the blink of a twitching lazy eye. However, at the end you’ll feel very satisfied.
Remember the bus driver in elementary school with that twitching lazy eye that wanders around? You didn’t want to stare at it for fear he cuss you out. He always smoked probably drank. No? Well that was my bus driver. He actually played Appetite for Destruction on his tape deck while we went to school. Actually picture that bus driver skit from when MTV used to be good, that’s him.
This album reminds me of that guy for some reason. This album rocks my face.
I wonder where that bus driver is right now? Not the MTV guy, he was on some sitcom recently. He was also the lead actor in the great film, The Tao of Steve.
Buy this album.
There are always two kinds of music fans. The type that listen to the hype a band generates and the kind that listen with a critical ear. I’ve always been the first. And when i read reviews for the debut for japandroids i was amped.
The album is a cloudy yet sophisticated set of songs. I’ve always has respect for bands that aren’t afraid to put less than 12 songs on a album. To me it’s to just take out the filler and work on the better songs. This seems to be the practice of japandroids. Even though some of the lyrics are repetetive they are always taken second next to the music, and they are pop-fest of originaliity. I like how they are only a duo, but don’t get caught up in incestrual nature of some duo. I even here some through backs to late 80s punk-hardcore, then drop in some shoegaze in the same song.
I wonder if i could convince anybody to buy this cd. probably not with all my poor verbage. I don’t even know the track listing right now, all i know is the song i’m on “Heart Sweats” freakin rocks. It has a classic rock bravado feel close to that of mick jagger, without the usual context of a mickjagger wannabe.
The next song crazy/forever, is sludgy, pulsing, arguably the best on the album. It reminds me of an Open Hand song that I love. The are vocals placed in the background for afterthought of the melody. A plea that what is now can always be.
i like this album, and i think my wife will like it to, it will be played alot on my trip to utah.
Listening to this reminds me of lots of early 90’s noise-punk, emo, post-rock type stuff. The biggest influence I hear doesn’t have to do with the songs, but rather the sound. It has a siamese dream like wall of sound and fuzz. It’s quite impressive. It’s a fun record. Took me about 3 full listens before I could sing along to some of it. It’s sincere stuff. I like.
The first time i listened to Post-Nothing it was a real “WTF” kind of moment. Almost as if you were playing albums from two different artists at the same time. I could not stop listening, and I still cannot stop listening. I am trying to figure it out, break it down, find reason, I cannot… What I am finding is great music that will rock your face off…and I still do not understand. I still do not get it. But somehow it all fits into place.
It’s a beautiful thing.