Japandroids – Post-Nothing Japandroids – Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Post- Nothing is the debut LP from best mates Brian King and David Prowse of Vancouver, BC. In thirty five minutes the boys manage to capture the sound of youth, love, beer, and a carefree attitude; which, worryingly, is increasingly absent in music these days. Even the album artwork is surprisingly touching, and a good starting point if you don’t yet know what Japandroids sound like. It pretty much encapsulates the sound of naivety and DIY-manship that runs through the album. Japandroids (JPNDRDS for people who like the look of MSTRKRFT, I guess) have cleverly crafted an album that, as soon as you stick it on, will make you forget whatever was pissing you off five minutes ago, and every reason why you shouldn’t like this album. It’s an incredibly charming effort and comes across as genuinely earnest and heartfelt. This emotion is delivered mainly via the melody and energy of the instrumentation, and owes less to the lyrics, which are for the most part barely discernable. We are afforded glimpses of pensiveness; on Young Hearts Spark Fire, Prowse wails; “We used to dream/ Now we worry about dying/ I don’t want to worry about dying” . It’s a reasonably heavy lyric, but is delivered in a sort of ‘don’t think about it too much’ way, which brilliantly serves to cement Post-Nothing as a carefree riot of a record. The lazy fuzziness of Rockers East Vancouver is strongly reminiscent of No Age’s latest effort, particularly more so than the rest of the album anyway.

For all its idyllic carefree romanticism of youth, Post-Nothing is a deceptively moreish record. Whilst you might expect an album of high energy garage rock to be a fairly expendable number, it easily sucks you in. The warm hazy epic of Crazy/Forever truly is like aural quicksand, whereas album apex I Quit Girls captures the sound of Smashing Pumpkins’ 1979, and My Bloody Valentine around the time of that album. Thirty five minutes really will fly in, as Japandroids have offered us a lush and expansive soundscape of naivety and hopefulness. It’s a delightfully simple premise; get your mate, crank up the volume, and set out to make honest, expansive tunes. Refreshingly however, reels of text, criticism and words are somewhat wasted on this album. Because it’s exact merits and flaws aren’t really the point. You really do need to settle down with a couple of beers and let this thoroughly wash over you. Stick it on with your mates, on the bus, or even after a night out. Only complete immersion will do. Simply outstanding.

1 – The Boys Are Leaving Town
2 – Young Hearts Spark Fire
3 – Wet Hair
4 – Rockers East Vancouver
5 – Heart Sweats
6 – Crazy/Forever
7 – Sovereignty
8 – I Quit Girls

Japandroids - Post-Nothing, reviewed by Lemon on 2009-05-13T13:00:35-07:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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