Two things you should know about the Vancouver duo, Japandroids — One, they like to rock and, two, they like to have fun when they rock out. Really, one would have to say it’s harder to not have fun when listening to a single like, “House That Heaven Built,” a song which channels the best of punk rock and classic rock in one four minute blast. Here, you have the attitude, aggression and chugging guitar riffs of punk and the unbridled enthusiasm of classic rock channeled in its abundance of “Whoas” and “Ohhs.” To be clear, this isn’t the “Oi Oi Oi.!” of skins. This isn’t a call to strap up your boots and get ready for a bare-knuckler. Rather, it’s an affirmation. Lines like “And if they try to slow you down/Tell them all to go to hell,” are about resilience, taking the bad and twisting it into a rollicking anthem and feeling the strength of fists pumping in celebration.
Celebration Rock by the Japandroids will be released June 5th on Polyvinyl Records. It will be preceded by a “House That Heaven Built” 7″ on May 15th featuring a cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Jack the Ripper” on the B-side. Lastly, the boys in the band have a tour in the works, too. They’ll be in Cleveland at the Grog Shop on June 22nd.