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    • Here Comes Trouble: Clash Catches Up With PINS March 28, 2017
      Lois McDonald on fresh ideas, the Scottish countryside, and Iggy Pop...PINS are back in town. The Mancunian grrrl band released their riotous new EP 'Bad Thing' last week, and it's a feral, biting return. Clash writer Laura Copley caught up with guitarist Lois McDonald to discuss all things Iggy Pop, rural Scotland and the discovery of their n […]
    • Listen: Kwaye - 'Cool Kids' March 28, 2017
      Breezy, stylish funk with a future-facing stance...Kwaye has shared incredible new single 'Cool Kids'. The newcomer seems to live a charmed life - studying at UCLA in the United States, he picked up an Uber and shared a ride with a former A&R executive. Somehow, his music found its way to the uber-hip label Mind Of A Genius, giving his funky, f […]
    • Toasty's 'Metal' Gains Superb New Visuals March 28, 2017
      New release on Circadian Rhythms...Toasty's new anthem 'Metal' has gained some superb new visuals. The track is part of a new release from East London collective Circadian Rhythms, a project that aims to unite music, art, and fashion. Heavyweight bass fare, the ominous sub-low textures reference Toasty's dubstep roots while the clinical g […]
    • Latitude Nab The Magic Gang, Cabbage, And More March 28, 2017
      New additions for the Suffolk festival...Latitude has expanded its line up yet again, with The Magic Gang, Cabbage and more leaping on board. The Suffolk festival returns this summer, and the surprises just keep on rolling on. New additions include The Magic Gang, with the Brighton bunch bringing their art-rock thrills to the palatial festival. Elsewhere, ou […]
    • Listen: Emma Elisabeth - 'Where Do Tears Go' March 28, 2017
      From softly entrancing new project 'We Gotta Go'...Emma Elisabeth is a Swedish artist, who now based herself in Berlin. At first, her fuzzy-buzzy songwriting had an unkempt feel, a torn-around-the-edges aesthetic that was softly beguiling. As time has moved on, though, Emma Elisabeth has matured into something rather more striking. Melodic lines ha […]
    • Forest Swords To Send Out Free Music On Whatsapp March 28, 2017
      You simply need to drop him a message...Forest Swords is to send out free music to fans over Whatsapp. The producer is set to release a new album later this year, and wants to get fans involved. So, anyone who sends him a message will receive one track in return as part of a new Whatsapp based exchange. He explains: "Let's try to open up a new chan […]
    • In Conversation: Frances March 28, 2017
      Newcomer opens up about charity work, studio sessions, and her debut album...Frances has been special right from the start. The singer has a quiet, unassuming manner, which combines with her softly self-deprecatory sense of humour in a quite charming way. Playing shows across the country, Frances - and her piano! - has slowly, steadily built up an imposing f […]
    • Premiere: Anneka - 'Life Force' March 28, 2017
      Sonically rich and gently unsettling...Brighton-based Anneka explores the connections between sound and emotion, between technology and the humane. New EP 'Life Force' arrives on April 28th, and beneath the gossamer electronics you can find some unsettling moments of askew beauty. Clash is able to premiere the full video for the title cut, and it e […]
    • Listen: Cadenza x Allan Kingdom Collide On 'Vibes' March 28, 2017
      Check it out now...Cadenza just wants to create. The London artist doesn't place genre lines on his music, leaving him free to set dancehall against hip-hop, R&B against pop. Hard-hitting new EP 'Hijack' is typically diverse, with follow on cut 'Vibes' allowing Cadenza to spar against Allan Kingdom. It's a superb collaborati […]
    • Kate Nash Celebrates 10th Anniversary Of 'Made Of Bricks' March 28, 2017
      Host of tour dates confirmed...Kate Nash has announced plans to celebrate her debut album 'Made Of Bricks'. Released 10 years ago, the album raced to number one in the UK and spawned hit single 'Foundations'. Toasting its first decade, Kate Nash has decided to take 'Made Of Bricks' back out on the road. A limited pink vinyl run […]
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    • BRET MICHAELS TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “JORJA BLEU” ON APRIL 7TH March 29, 2017
      Bret Michaels, who has sold over 35 million records and has had several number one hits such as the timeless classic Every Rose Has Its Thorn, is set to release his emotionally-charged new single Jorja Bleu on Friday, April 7th. The song is new and fresh, yet has the instantly-familiar sound that we’ve all come... Read more
    • 3/28: RADIO AND PODCAST UPDATES March 28, 2017
      Had a great talk today with Ted Nugent on my daily radio show on SiriusXM Volume 106. Also was joined by Wall St Journal writer Neil Shah talking about the aging business of rock. Yesterday I was joined by Jack Blades and Chris Jericho. The guests keep coming this week. Tomorrow Neil Geraldo and Biff... Read more
    • EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES HIS CAREER AND SOME OF HIS FAVORITE INTERVIEWS March 27, 2017
      Anylouder spoke with our very own Eddie Trunk, highlights from the interview appear below. Anylouder: Tell us about your stint with Mega Force Records . You are credited with reviving Ace Frehley’s career by signing him to Mega force Records. How did it all happen ? Eddie: I was always a huge KISS fan. I... Read more
    • 3/24: TRIUMPH REUNION COMING TO TRUNKNATION, PLUS BOB EZRIN & MORE! FULL SCHEDULE March 24, 2017
      Some big updates on the SiriusXM Volume Trunk Nation front! I just confirmed two broadcasts from Toronto. I have so many great listeners to my shows there and psyched to visit for the first time in decades. And I will be doing 2 shows live from the studio there with great guests! Tuesday 4/4 legendary... Read more
    • GUITARIST JOHN 5 DISCUSSES HIS NEW ALBUM, ALONG WITH, WHAT IS WAS LIKE TO WORK WITH MUSICIANS DAVID LEE ROTH, ROB HALFORD, PAUL STANLEY, AND OTHERS March 24, 2017
      Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse Magazine spoke with guitarist John 5. Portions of the interview appear below. Pulse: Let’s discuss Season of the Witch. John 5: This album is completely different from the previous albums. Times have changed so much—I have a 13-year-old son, and I watch what he and his friends do,... Read more
    • WARRANT STREAM NEW SONG, “ONLY BROKEN HEART” March 24, 2017
      As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Only Broken Heart, which can be heard below. With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love),... Read more
    • ROCKLAHOMA DAILY BAND LINEUPS ANNOUNCED SCHEDULED MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IN PRYOR, OK March 23, 2017
      The single day band lineups have been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26th, 27th & 28th, 2017 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Single day tickets will go on sale Monday, March 27th at Noon CT at Rocklahoma.com and weekend ticket prices... Read more
    • SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN “CRAZY WORLD” TOUR WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST MEGADETH March 23, 2017
      Scorpions, one of the most iconic and influential hard rock bands of all time, continue to celebrate 50+ years of rock with the return to North America for the Crazy World tour. Since performing a handful of festivals and concerts last year in the U.S., which included their Blacked Out In Vegas residency, the band... Read more
    • AC/DC PROMOTERS FINED OVER AXL ROSE FRONTED SHOW March 22, 2017
      Martin Kielty of Ultimate Classic Rock reports: Spanish authorities have fined AC/DC promoters Live Nation for refusing to issue ticket refunds to fans who didn’t want to see Axl Rose fronting the band.Furthermore, they’re urging those who remain unhappy to take action, saying they have five years from the date of the show to reclaim... Read more
    • RICHIE KOTZEN RELEASES VIDEO FOR “END OF EARTH”, ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES March 22, 2017
      Richie Kotzen has released a video for the song, End Of Earth, his upcoming album, Salting Earth, which will be released on April 21st on Kotzen’s own Headroom-Inc label. Watch it below. The album will feature the tune Grammy, which can be heard here. Kotzen describes the record as “one-man production” with added background vocals... Read more
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    • A Short Film by Tegan and Sara March 28, 2017
      The duo have released a friendship-themed short inspired by their song "U Turn". A Short Film by Tegan and Sara by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Soul: A Coming of Age Story March 28, 2017
      Listen up soul sistas and bruthas, these fervid young fellas and ladies got us feeling all the feels, or whatever vernacular is being employed by you these days. Soul: A Coming of Age Story by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Choir! Choir! Choir! is Ready For Festival Season March 27, 2017
      After a big year of growth in 2016, Choir! Choir! Choir! is hitting the festival scene in 2017; we talked with co-founder Nobu Adilman about how they got to this point. Choir! Choir! Choir! is Ready For Festival Season by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos: Gorillaz return with “Saturnz Barz”; Run the Jewels Get Political March 24, 2017
      Hip hop and trippy visuals take centre stage in our list of the week’s best new videos. New Music Videos: Gorillaz return with “Saturnz Barz”; Run the Jewels Get Political by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Tunes: Listen to Chuck Berry’s First Single Since 1979 March 23, 2017
      Taking a look at the five best songs released this past week, including Feist's "Pleasure" and "Big Boys", the first Chuck Berry release in nearly 40 years. New Tunes: Listen to Chuck Berry’s First Single Since 1979 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Dive Into Findlay’s Haunting New Forgotten Pleasures Album March 21, 2017
      Findlay takes listeners through a dark serenade of eerie honest lyrics and sharp beats. Dive Into Findlay’s Haunting New Forgotten Pleasures Album by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • New Music Videos: Marian Hill gets “Down”, DVBBS are “Not Going Home” March 17, 2017
      Take a look at our top new music videos of the past week (or two, in one case). New Music Videos: Marian Hill gets “Down”, DVBBS are “Not Going Home” by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Six Perfect Songs for Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist March 17, 2017
      Getting ready for your St. Patrick's Day party? These six songs will be perfect on any playlist for our favourite day of boozing. Listen to them now, because chances are you won't want to hear anything tomorrow. Six Perfect Songs for Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Fresh Tracks March 16, 2017
      Be it a single, an album or an online stream, we’re looking at some of the best new music out this week. Fresh Tracks by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Record for Longest Concert in History is About to be Broken March 14, 2017
      History is about to be made in Stouffville, Ontario, where Epidemic Music Group is attempting to smash the Guinness world record for longest concert by multiple artists. Record for Longest Concert in History is About to be Broken by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

Best Albums of 2012: Japandroids ‘Celebration Rock’

Posted by falconi5 on June 16, 2012


Japandroids – Celebration Rock (Rating 4 out of 5)

from stereogum.com

In their Progress Report interview, and in this Pitchfork interview, the two fairly unassuming late-20s dudes in Japandroids talk a lot about how they love touring and hate recording. Touring the world, for two guys from Vancouver who’d never had the chance, was a revelation, and so they went into the studio to record Celebration Rock just so they’d have an excuse to spend another couple of years on the road. The band had almost ended a ton of times, because they’d come close to breaking up around the time their 2009 debut Post-Nothing came out or because a perforated ulcer seriously threatened frontman Brian King’s health. So it was a fucking miracle that they got to meet people and play this music across the world, and they couldn’t wait to do it again. I like to think that I can hear that mad urgency in Celebration Rock. It’s an album that needs to exist so that the people who made it can return to this improbably glorious life, and it sounds like it.

Japandroids have also talked a bunch about how songwriting doesn’t come easily to them and how each song requires serious work, and you can hear that, too. Because virtually every moment on Celebration Rock seems calibrated for maximum punch-the-air-and-scream-along potential. Like that part on opener “The Nights Of Wine And Roses” where King belts out, “We yell like hell to the heavens,” a mid-song pause stretches out, and then “Hey!” when the instruments rush back in. Or this one from “Adrenaline Nightshift”: “Death’s got no respect for love and you’ve no respect for meeeeaay!” This is big, messy, emotive, heart-on-sleeve rock, every hook coming on like a headrush so extreme that you can’t even see.

I thought Post-Nothing was a reasonably fun bit of ’90s-indie pastiche, but the band didn’t really click with me until the 2010 single “Younger Us,” a tunefully feral burst of sentimentality from two guys just barely old enough to be feeling that ache for the first time. Celebration Rock, it turns out, just builds and builds on that feeling. It is music for drunkenly hugging your best friend, and maybe for crying while doing it. It’s great stuff.

Celebration Rock isn’t a particularly boundary-shattering or ambitious record, but it hits a primal chord with me like no album since Titus Andronicus’s The Monitor — obviously-smart guys writing big, dumb hooks, recording them to sound big and dumb and unstoppable. They deliver hooks like gigantic enthusiastic puppies show affection. With its eight songs rocketing by in 35 minutes, it works as a compressed machine-gun burst of raw-nerve energy and feeling. There’s one cover here, of the Gun Club’s “For The Love Of Ivy,” and it’s be pretty easy to play spot-the-influence with the rest of it. But that would be beside the point, since this isn’t an album about music; it’s an album about need and immediacy and getting shit off your chest. There’s no holding it back.

And the most reserved and quietest track here, closer, “Continuous Thunder,” shows that there’s plenty more to the band than enthusiasm. In that Pitchfork interview, they talk about how they wanted to write one song that wasn’t straight-up “blitzkrieg,” to see if they could make something less epic. Well, they can’t. Instead, they made something even more epic and resonant than anything else they’ve yet come up with. And if they’re capable of writing a song like that as a thought experiment, it’s almost scary to consider how great they could become if they can force themselves to keep recording albums.

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