Japandroids – Celebration Rock [kind of an album review]

by Woody on June 5, 2012

There have been better writers and hispter-er hipsters writing about this album so I’ll keep it short and sweet. I thought their debut Post-Nothing was okay, but I didn’t get what all the fuss was about. After reading a million and one great reviews on Celebration Rock, I got home from work and cranked it up on the ol’ soundsystem. In the 35 minutes of fist-pumping, donkey-kick inducing air-guitar playing, blast of straight up rock and roll – I downed two beers and a bourbon. If these guys were around when I was in college, I might have blacked out more than I did. It’s like a blended drink of The Black Keys, The Thermals and The Henry Clay People with a couple extra shots of espresso mixed in.

Normally we post these in the morning but I figured I would post it while the buzz is fresh and the ears are still ringing. There might be better albums this year, but I doubt there will be many that rock harder.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

J Drew June 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Pretty big gap in the sound live and recorded…

Eric June 13, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Not true at all. I’ve seen them live twice now. They absolutely rock!

prez June 16, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hahah.. good comment Jdrew. Actually no, its a terrible comment. If your referring to the gap between the album and a live recording then i can understand. But see these guys live and you will see how good they are live. 100times better live than recorded. The dudes are exhausted and give every bit of energy before the show ends. You dont find this anymore. Keep it up.

JamieS September 19, 2012 at 7:04 am

Of course, there is a difference between the live and the recorded, but it is a raw power what you get from these guys on stage.
And what matters when playing live is whether a band is able to offer you something more than only singing perfectly in key and showing a precise guitar work, in my opinion.
Canada shows us that it can offer some really interesting indie bands, especially the Vancouver area.

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