You know how people always ask you, “So, what are you listening to these days?” And you panic, struggling to come up with something that is cool, not super well-known, likely to be enjoyed by others, AND something you’re actually listening to. If you’re anything like me you often end up stammering for approximately 7 minutes before saying something completely not that interesting. Well at least that was me. Until I delved into the Japandroids.
The title of the Canadian duo’s album, “Celebration Rock,” is really more of a genre title. Despite only being two dudes and two instruments, it’s a pretty massive sound that’s upbeat and catchy – featuring heavy guitars, stylized vocals, and rockin’ beats for days. I would venture to guess that you’ve probably heard the first single off the album The House That Heaven Built. And I would also guess that you enjoyed it so much you started rocking out a little. Or maybe a lot. If that’s not the case, well then we should probably end this relationship before anyone gets too invested emotionally.
But I’m not here to talk about that track. Rather I want to point you to the first song on the album, and the first song in my heart – The Nights of Wine and Roses. It starts off the album with a quite literal celebration – the sound of fireworks, before busting out into a grown-up version of the punk-pop of the early 2000’s (i.e., Sugarcult, Fall Out Boy, Rancid, etc.). With lyrics that are essentially just at ode to partying and getting hammered with your friends (“So we down our drinks in a funnel of friends / And we burn our blends right down to the end / We don’t cry for those nights to arrive / We yell like hell to the heavens”), there really is no excuse to not blast this song way too loud, down a couple of beers, and pass out on your front lawn.