Japandroids
Post-Nothing


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
September 11th, 2009 | 10 replies | 2,048 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An immediately likable, catchy, and fun record, turn this shit up and you won't be disappointed.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Simplicity is hard to do right in today’s music. Any Nickelback or Black Eyed Pea can make a simple album with hackneyed, instantly gratifying songs, but can a band create simple music without forfeiting quality and originality? Well, take a look at some of this year’s strongest releases- Animal Collective, Cymbals Eat Guitars, The Decemberists, mewithoutYou, Mew... it seems natural that more complicated music, when executed well, prevails over more simple counterparts. This duo from Vancouver is the anomaly. Japandroids, as they’re known, are a garage rock band with a knack for deafening rock anthems.

The first song, “The Boys Are Leaving Town”, comes on. Do me a favor please: look at what you have the volume set to, and turn it up threefold. A wave of fuzz floods the speakers and pretty soon so do the vocals, which sound pretty bland and dull at first. Don’t worry, this is just an appetizer, getting you ready for what’s to come. The entree will arrive soon. There’s a constant sound and mood throughout the album. The best way I have to describe it is sheer, unadulterated, and sincere noise. The next song, “Young Hearts Spark Fire,” is an absolute gem. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard such a genuine song with enough energy to make you wanna say “*** it,” and do something spontaneous and dangerous. The song is one giant build-up to the climax, “I don’t wanna worry about dyin’, I just wanna worry about sunshine girls,” he screams over a wall of distortion and percussion. I would add exclamation points where they are necesary, but I don’t want to run out of room here. Simple guitar, simple drumming, simple lines... it’s just amplified. The volume is turned to 11, per se.

Still have the volume turned up? Good, let’s keep it that way. “Wet Hair” will have you singing all 3 minutes and 12 seconds. Actually, “yelling” might be more appropriate. Irresistible lyrics are the staple of this track- “She had wet hair, say what you will, I don’t care, I couldn’t resist it.” The lead vocalist of Japandroids doesn’t have the greatest penchant for melody, but he sure knows passion. Every song is an anthem, which is both a pro and con. I find Post- Nothing is much more preferable at small doses. When “Young Hearts Spark Fire” comes on shuffle while you’re driving, it’s impossible not to turn up the volume as loud as it goes. Although, Post-Nothing loses its flavor a little when listened to all in one sitting.

When Japandroids is yelling over the deafening music about girls and parties, you believe them. There’s a quality of sincerity here that’s hard to find, and often taken for granted, in music today. Get the atmosphere, the setting, right, and you’ve got yourself one of the most fun, sincere, and solid releases of the year. At only 8 songs long, this is no chore to listen to. So what’s stopping you? Go out and buy Post-Nothing... I guarantee you’re sure to find at least one noise-rock anthem to suit you. But be prepared to buy some new speakers, because you’re gonna want to turn this up to 11.

Recommended Tracks:
Young Hearts Spark Fire
Wet Hair
Heart Sweats

P.S. - If you ever come across the chance to see these guys live, DO NOT pass it up, I beg you.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ziroth
September 12th 2009



1252 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review. I didn't find this album to be that good, but maybe I didn't have it turned up loud enough?

Kiran
Emeritus
September 12th 2009



5992 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The lead vocalist of Japandroids doesn’t have the greatest penchant for melody

they both sing!

Scatterbrain
September 12th 2009



62 Comments


great review, album is probably my favourite of 09

EverythingEvil2113
September 21st 2009



1278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nowhere near as good as i was expecting. not bad, just nothing spectacular.

SeaAnemone
September 22nd 2009



18802 Comments


Kirgasm: one sings much more than the other, but yea.

qwe3
October 2nd 2009



21154 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

FUCKING AWESOME SHIT RIGHT HERE

SeaAnemone
November 15th 2009



18802 Comments


gracias... appreciate it fag



gor.

Douglas
December 2nd 2009



8984 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I quit girls

SeaAnemone
June 14th 2010



18802 Comments


holy shit anyone hear the new song, "Younger Us"? it may be better than "Young Hearts Spark Fire" and "Wet Hair" on first listen.

Romulus
June 14th 2010



8373 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I respectfully disagree, it's pretty awesome though. Actually Wet Hair annoys me a bit to be honest so I give you that maybe but not YHSF



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