Japandroids-Celebration Rock (2012, Polyvinyl)
I first heard Japandroids after their 2009 debut Post-Nothing was heavily plugged by Pitchfork (of course). Like most music I listen to, I first decided to give it a shot because I liked the band’s name. At that time, my ears were unaccustomed to the lo-fi sound, and my reaction was something along the lines of, “iT sOuNdS lIkE tHeY rEcOrDeD tHiS iN tHeIr GaRaGe!” Which I new realize is part of the point. Despite my confusion, I liked the stripped-down, high-energy feel of songs like “Young Hearts Spark Fire” and “Wet Hair.” I forgot about Japandroids for a few years after that, until Celebration Rockwas released in 2012 to a ton of hype, even getting write-ups in publications like the New York Times. Not bad for a band that had actually decided to call it quits before its first album was released…
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