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!

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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!

BRAND NEW: The National – "Afraid of Everyone"

I know I said I wasn’t going to blog much, but I couldn’t pass this opportunity up! A new song from The National!

"Afraid of Everyone" begins slowly, but manages to develop into a rumbling layered repetitive song, for want of a less negative sounding description. It isn’t a bad repetitive, but I do feel like certain sections are dragged on a tad too long. The guitar line adds a nice atmosphere to it though.

To be honest, it’s not quite up there with "Bloodbuzz Ohio". But altogether it isn’t bad. Might be more of a grower. But it certainly isn’t going to deter me from buying "High Violet", because I know that in a sense The National are an albums band. They have good songs that can stand on their own too, but it’s definitely more enjoyable to listen to an album completely when you’re in the mood for it.

Score: 6/10

Grab a free download from Pitchfork here.

BRAND NEW/NEWS: MGMT’s “Congratulations” – full stream

Ironically enough, after MGMT/Sony Records announced they were pulling the plug on the planned full stream of “Congratulations” (which was due to be available on Monday), the reasons for which neither the band nor the label explained, “Congratulations” leaked.

On their website, WHOISMGMT?, the band have said the following:

“Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able to hear it from us. We wanted to offer it as a free download but that didn’t make sense to anyone but us.”

Below that little message, you can stream the whole album for free.

Is there any connection between cancelling the planned stream and the album leaking? It all seems a bit strange to me. If I was to guess at anything, I’d guess at this.

I’d guess that Sony said to them “Hey, we don’t think it’s such a good idea to let everyone stream this, web-rips will become available and we believe that will lessen the amount of initial sales the album gets on release.”

I’d guess MGMT may not be too happy about that, and may have taken matters into their own hands. As the album would be under very tight security, I can’t imagine too many people having access to it. Maybe MGMT thought “Okay, we value our fans a lot and we want them to hear our new album before they go out and buy it,” and so they decided to leak it. The leak then forced the label to agree to put a stream up, because if there’s no legal stream, people are more likely to just download the album, which is bad for them.

Alternatively, MGMT wanted to give their album away for free from the get go, but couldn’t because their label logically wouldn’t want that. The next best thing was a pre-album-launch stream, but when that was cancelled the band had no choice but to leak it.

So maybe MGMT do want people to pirate “Congratulations”. They said they want the album to be a free download. But it doesn’t matter, I doubt we’ll ever find out.

That’s all just speculation. Something to think about. It just seemed a bit odd to me and the more I thought about it the more it seemed like it could be a deliberate leak.

Also; in related news, apparently they’ve “apologised” for “Flash Delirium”. Read about it here.

Oh, and by the way, the album doesn’t sound bad at all. It’s more out-there than “Oracular Spectacular”, but I expected that. If anything, it seems to flow together well as a whole. So it may not be an album of radio-friendly singles, but as a full album it could be quite good. I guess time will tell with repeat listens.