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REVIEW: Japandroids - Celebration Rock

REVIEW: Japandroids - Celebration Rock

By: Jeff Daily
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June 6, 2012
Graduation day passes. Fireworks, reflecting in the ripples of the lake, blow up the night sky. On a beach outside of town a gang of friends raise their beers to the moon. They yell fuckin' throat shredding, "Hell yeahs!" It’s the start of a long hot summer. There ain't no future kids, but there is the present. Tear it up. Celebrate the here and now 'cause that's all there will ever be.

Japandroids', guitarist/vocalist Brian King and drummer/vocalist David Prowse, second album is titled Celebration Rock and that pretty much sums it up. The guitars are LOUD, the drums pound out beats like tomorrow’s sunrise isn't a sure thing, and the vocals shout the joys of ragged mornings. Hangovers are practically family and nobody cares. Celebration Rock is a blur. Eight songs in 35 minutes is perfect for guitar oriented slam and bang. These Canadians have a mission to rock 'n' roll and they nail it.

Opening and closing the album with the crackle of fireworks, the listener is immediately put in party scene. "The Night of Wine and Roses" demands satisfaction and excess. Taste the sweet fruits! Consequences be damned! King sings, "Long lit up tonight/ And still drinking/ Don't we have anything to live for?/ Well of course we do/ But until they come true/ We're drinking."

This album is all about the audience having fun and participating in the ritual of stripped down rock. The word "populist" will get thrown around with this album, but that is making. Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty put through the punk ringer, Japandroids sing big choruses of "whoa-whoa-ohhhh" and songs like "Adrenaline Nightshift" and "Fire's Highway" tell the listener everything they need to know in less than thirty seconds. The guitars are not just big, they're simple huge! How a duo can sound this massive (and controlled) is a testament to how much this band has refined their chops on the road.

Celebration Rock is the music of living, but don’t take my word for it…Get outta here. Go! Go! Go!!

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