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Japandroids - Post-Nothing

Posted by T. Bawden Thursday, 14 May 2009

Album: Post-Nothing
Artist: Japandroids
Released: 2009
Rating: 4/5

Sometimes you want really complex and difficult music for thinking, while other times you just want something really simple and loud to blast at a high volume. Japandroids are for that second situation. The duo of Brian King (on guitar) and David Prowse (on drums) make the sort of sloppy, drunken, noisy, unpretentious indie-punk that seems to have been forgotten in recent years. I'll admit, after my experiences with No Age, Crocodiles and pretty much every other post-millennial indie-noise duo, I was wary of this album, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

The music is about as simple as it could be: King starts blasting a wall of riffs with his guitar and Prowse bashes away behind him. The wonderfully lo-fi production cloaks King's guitar in a massive amount of fuzz and reverby noise, further accentuating all the songs' hooks. While the melodies may be basic, they are the type of simple punk tunes that will stick in your head for days. Prowse's basic drum fills help move the songs forward at a steady rate.

King and Prowse harmonize together on most of the tracks, further adding to the catchiness. The band seems to mainly take their influence from old melodic hardcore, although bits of emo and post-punk influence do pop up on a few tracks (also, check out that sludgy guitar on "Crazy/Forever").

A worthwile dl for anyone interested in some catchy indie/punk.

Highlights: "Young Hearts Spark Fire", "Wet Hair", "Heart Sweats"



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0/5 - This caused me physical pain
1/5 - This is really bloody awful
2/5 - This was below average
3/5 - This was above average
4/5 - This was pretty darn good.
5/5 - I cannot fault this epitome of perfection.

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