BRAND NEW: Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

Celebration Rock

“The House That Heaven Built” is the new single from Canadian noise-rockers Japandroids, and if you’re already a fan of their youthful, distorted thrashing, you’re in for a treat.

Full of “woahs”, dense guitars, and rolling drums, it’s exactly what you’d expect from them. The fact that a duo can get such a large sound going is pretty impressive, and while this one doesn’t show the band shaking things up, that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.

It’ll be released digitally and on 7″ on May 15, and will be appearing on their second album – Celebration Rock – which is out June 5.

Check it out, and let’s hope they finally make it over to Australia this year!

BRAND NEW: Be Forest – “I Quit Girls (Japandroids Cover)”

Be Forest

I really like Japandroids. I also really like “I Quit Girls”, which was a great closer to their energetic, explosive debut album Post Nothing. So I jumped at the chance to hear someone cover it.

All I can say is, I’m glad I did. It pays to be awake at 1am to see these gems appear in social media feeds.

Be Forest are a three-piece from Italy. Their debut album – Cold – came out last year. They create this beautifully hazy, washed-out, blur of distortion and bright shoegaze, and it gives the song a completely new feel. The cover is going to be a bonus track for the Japanese release of Cold, but here’s hoping we can get our hands on it elsewhere.

she wears white, six days a week –
she was just one of those girls.

Give it a listen!

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