Japandroids – No Singles

January 01, 1970

(Polyvinyl)

 

www.polyvinylrecords.com

 

Post-Nothing, the Japandroids’ debut
album, was 2009’s finest pileup of distortion, attitude and submerged tunes not
to be made by a reunited ’80s band. This collection surveys the Vancouver din-rock duo’s
two earlier EPs — both originally limited to 500 copes each — to show how
they got there.

 

2007’s
All Lies, which comes second, is
rougher and less melodic, although “Coma Complacency” does feature
drummer David Prowse’s trademark distant backing vocals. (He sounds as if he’s
trying to keep the song going as the band’s van drives way.) But “Avant
Sleepwalk” pulses, stutters and declaims like late-’90s Fugazi, and the
EP’s catchiest track is a cover: Welsh anarcho-absurdist trio Mclusky’s
“To Hell with Good Intentions.”

 

The
band’s “mature” sound has developed by the time of Lullaby Death Jams, originally released
in 2008. Prowse and guitarist Brian King still rumble and roar, surging on the
near-epic “Lucifer’s Symphony” like Mission of Burma in one its more
Ventures-happy moments. The opening “Darkness on the Edge of Gastown”
attacks the band’s principal subject — love, believe it or not — with a
directness that borders on pop appeal, and “Sexual Aerosol” bolsters
its horny swagger with “woo-oos.” Japandroids make desperation sound
sexy, and surprisingly joyous.

 

Standout Tracks: “Sexual
Aerosol,” “Lucifer’s Symphony” MARK
JENKINS

 

 

 

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