Artist of the Week: Japandroids
The music world is still buzzing after last week’s musical extravaganza known as South by Southwest. Throughout Austin, Canadian acts of all shapes and sizes were showing off this country’s talent. One of the most buzzed about acts at the festival was Japandroids, a “fuzz rock” duo out of Vancouver, BC. In fact, Peter Gaston (Interactive Director) of Spin Magazine named the band’s performance at Galaxy on Saturday night the best set of the entirety of SXSW, and that Japandroids “allowed [him] to morph into a sing-shouting, fist-pumping fan.” If that’s not rock and roll, what is?!
Japandroids released their debut full-length album ‘Post-Nothing’ last year to critical acclaim, achieving the highly coveted rating of 8.3/10 and the title of “Best New Music” from Pitchfork in addition to being nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. The band returns to Canada in April with shows in Montreal (April 2nd), Toronto (April 3rd) and Vancouver (April 30th).
“Terminally catchy music played with punk’s enthusiasm and velocity”
Similar to: No Age, Black Lips, Death From Above 1979
“Over the past few months music fans and critics alike have been throwing about all sorts of glowing adjectives concerning their debut album. And whew! – their debut is a gale-force riot, a virtual tempest of joyous abandon.”
“The band is a simple combination of huge drums, guitar and the sing/shouts of Brian King and David Prowse, but the end result is much, much more. The nine song album delivers anthem after anthem, with distorted guitar and crashing cymbals personify the rage of youth, but the melodies the guys deliver really show the emotion and reality we all face when it’s time to grow up.”