REVIEW: Japandroids – "Young Hearts Spark Fire"

The noise pop duo involving Brian King on guitar and David Prowse on drums are known as Japandroids, and are another excellent example of how two musicians can buck misconceptions in the musical community about the size of bands and their potential. They create a raw, distorted, expansive sound, with both members sharing vocal duties for the band.

Their debut album, "Post-Nothing", is currently up on my "need-to-acquire-desperately-soon" list, and received some very good reviews on it’s release mid last year. The "Post-Nothing" wiki page classifies them as "Garage Rock" as well, but I’m going to be honest, linking this band to a genre that also includes Jet is just unacceptable.

"Young Hearts Spark Fire" is a brilliant energetic song, and hopefully an indication of the quality of the rest of their work. The repeated lines "Oh, we used to dream / Now we worry about dying / I don’t wanna worry about dying / I just wanna worry about those sunshine girls" indicates a youthful outlook on life, yet not one rife with arrogance or overconfidence. For all of it’s abrasiveness and movement, the song still contains a sense of insight and understanding about the nature of things. It’s not just loud and fun.

The song slows down at points for lyrical emphasis, and the loud guitars buzz on the in the background. Building up again, it quickly escalates to it’s former pace and enthusiasm.

I can’t claim to be a big fan of noise-based genres, but Japandroids have got me hooked with this one.

You can grab a free download from Spinner here.

Score: 9/10


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