Fireworks, drums that sound like bomb blasts, lightning bolts of electric guitar, and a rhetorical question: “Long lit up tonight and still drinking/Don’t we have anything to live for?”
So begins one of the greatest rock records of the 21st century. It’s also one of the most aptly named. Celebration Rock. Rarely has an album title ever doubled so effectively as a perfect description of what’s inside. In 2012, with their second LP, Canadian rockers Japandroids served up music perfect for…well, for celebrating to.
What were we celebrating, you may ask? Frankly, if you had Celebration Rock blasting out of a stereo back in 2012, it didn’t matter what you were celebrating, or whether you were celebrating at all. The songs made it feel like a celebration. They made any moment feel like a goddamn, out-of-hand, my-car-is-in-the-swimming-pool rager.
I’ll forever be thankful that I was the age I was when Celebration Rock landed on May 29, 2012. As a recently-minted 21-year-old, I was old enough to get into bars and legally consume alcohol. But I was also still a college student, still sharing an apartment with my college buddies, and still another year or so shy of when real-life responsibility would start to set in. In other words, I was old enough to celebrate the way the characters in Celebration Rock celebrate, and young enough to do it with all the reckless abandon of youth. Even thinking about some of the shit I did while playing these songs very loud on my apartment stereo makes my head hurt with the ghosts of shitty mixed drinks and dreadful hangovers. Read More “Japandroids – Celebration Rock”
Japandroids’ new live album, Massey Fucking Hall, is out today. The album will see a vinyl release on October 2nd and can be pre-ordered here.
The Japandroids will release the new live album, Massy Fucking Hall, on June 19th. Today they’ve shared the live version of “Heart Sweats” from the album Read More “Japandroids Announce Live Album”
Phoebe Bridgers brought out her cover of the Japandroids’ “The House that Heaven Built” at her show in Vancouver last week. A fan shot video has made its way online.
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In March of this year I was lucky enough to photograph the Japandroids and Craig Finn in Seattle on Saturday, March 18th at the Neptune Theater. It was a sold out show with no barricade for the photographers to be in front of, so things definitely got rowdy when the Japandroids started. You’ll find the gallery below.
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The Japandroids have announced some new tour dates. They’ve also put up a new 7″ for sale for “North East South West” that features a cover of “Fire In The Western World” as the b-side.
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Japandroids’ cover of Taking Heads’ “Love → Building On Fire” has found its way online. The track is a b-side from the band’s limited edition 7″ vinyl that was available only in select record stores.
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“It’s a lifeless life, with no fixed address to give/But you’re not mine to die for anymore/So I must live.” On the list of the best lyrics of the decade so far, that one—the most climactic line from the Japandroids’ blistering, cathartic “The House That Heaven Built”—has to be near the top. To me, that line has always been a beautifully apt statement about growing up and moving on. I suppose you could read it as a lyric about a break up, but I prefer to see it as a vow to let go of the things that used to define your life and build new ones in their place.
In a way, that’s exactly what Japandroids are doing on Near to the Wild Heart of Life, their third full-length album and their first in nearly five years. Their last record, 2012’s Celebration Rock, was more appropriately titled than any other album released in the past seven years. Beginning and ending with fireworks, the album raged with pounding guitars, blitzkrieg drums, and shout-along choruses that could put anyone in a party mood. It was an album about being young, staying up all night, making memories with friends, and drinking way more than could feasibly be deemed “necessary.”
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Japandroids’ great new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life can be streamed below. The album hits stores on January 27th.
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Japandroids have released their new song, “No Known Drink or Drug,” on Spotify and Apple Music. The song comes from their fantastic new album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, due out January 27th.
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