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Japandroids
Post-Nothing

If there is one style of music that has 're-defined my existence' in Twenty Oh Nine it's 'bromance'. Straight up man love. No awkward late night drunken tongue/pash sessions. No accidental grinds. Just bros hanging out, driving around on a perfect winter evening in their convertible car - but not one of those 'cool' convertibles, one where the top just won't go up. But you don't care. It's bromance. It's true love, in the strictest hetro sense of the word.

Japandroids are in the tape deck.

Catchy-as-fuck fuzzy guitar riffs and well-structured pop sensibility forms the basis of Da Droids' shamelessly fun sound. Without any traditional 'genre branding' the duo come across as just two BBFs (best bros forever) hanging out, making music and constantly living in the best moment of their lives. It's the undeniable 'soundtrack for the greatest summer EVER' feeling of Post-Nothing that gives it a definite energetic spark, making it pretty much impossible to hate.

While lyrics such as "I don't want to worry about dying, I just want to worry about sunshine and girls" might seem like the kind of immaturity normally reserved for Fallout Boy and their 15-year-old female fanbase, it works perfectly within the confines of this bromantic paradise. Sure, it's a relatively dumbed down lyric, but it's the simplicity of these songs that give them their charm. Who doesn't want to rewind back to their carefree teenage years when things were less complicated and the biggest issues in your life were trying to get the 'hot chick' to notice you and/or working out a clever way to steal whiskey from your parents' liquor cabinet without them noticing. Japandroids take you back to a simpler time. And it's a damn pleasurable journey.

Post-Nothing probably won't win over 'serious' music fans who pride themselves on their extensive Radiohead rarities (this honestly isn't aimed at anyone, promise) but it's an album that has come along at just the right time. Even outside of music the world has become increasing bogged down by armageddon style problems (GFC, pig flu etc) but Japandroids push everything aside and focus on the important things - such as French kissing French girls. If music is a form of escape, or a perfect limitless alternate reality, then the Japandroids just earned themselves a spot in some sort of hall of fame and/or 'totally owned it'. Maybe I am reading to much into it or - maybe - this is one of the best albums you will hear this year. I implore you to discover the answer to that yourself.

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Comments

seanyb

shit yeah!

8 years ago

Sean

I've got more Radiohead rarities than anyone and this is one of my favourite albums of the year. LOVE IT. They're friends of friends too!

8 years ago

Jonny Yes Yes

66% of the comments on this review have been by Seans.

8 years ago

Sean

Not anymore!

get on this one, people.

8 years ago

biscuitsandtea

It might have been the reviews I have been reading, enjoyment of the free mp3 or the sean/s influence. But just bought, and it is currently making my ears happy.

8 years ago

Aaaaaaaaaron

One of my favourite albums so far this year although I wish it were one or two songs longer. Eight is such a tease. Was hoping to see them later on this month down in Vancouver but the gig has been cancelled.

8 years ago

Sean

Aaron, they have a couple 5 song EPs that were released in 2007 and 2008. You might be able to track them down online (illegally as I don't think they are on itunes or anything). You can stream them on last fm as well.

8 years ago

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