Celebration Rock CD (2012)

Artist: Japandroids

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Label Polyvinyl Records/ada
SKU 231094900
UPC 644110023827
UPC 14 00644110023827
Format CD
Release Date 6/5/2012
Author Japandroids
Technical Info
Engineer Jesse Gander
Producer Japandroids; Jesse Gander
CatalogID 238
Lable Name Polyvinyl
Released 06/04/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00644110023827
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Brian King (vocals, guitars); David Prowse (vocals, drums).
Audio Mixer: Jesse Gander.
Recording information: The Hive Creative Labs, Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010/2011).
Photographers: Andy Mueller; Maryanne Ventrice; Sam Cowling; Simone Cecchetti; Leonardo Solis Varela; Annika Berglund; Andy Collins ; Charlotte Zoller; Tom Overlie; Geoff Hardagon; Christian Bobak; Reiner Asscheman; Brian Banks.
Japandroids' Brian King and David Prowse admitted that they were at the point of breaking up just after recording Post-Nothing, when it suddenly exploded and became a critically adored sensation. Never fans of recording, the unexpected success -- largely due to Pitchfork's promotion of the track "Young Hearts Spark Fire" -- gave the duo a chance to tour for two years and get a taste of what they considered fun, playing the music for as many people as possible. When they returned to the studio for their follow-up, they aimed for new songs that stadium crowds would feel; huge, simple shout-along anthems, with springy "whoa-oh ohs" and "oh yeahs" as hooks, sung from a drunken partier's perspective. Hence the Andrew W.K.-ish title. Post-Nothing was similarly messy and celebratory, but Celebration Rock dumbs down the formula even more, often staying within the confines of two open chords for a full four- or five-minute song. This gives the record a constant fist-pumping drive, akin to the Gaslight Anthem or Titus Andronicus. All of the glorious innocence is still there, right down to the repeat template artwork, the same less-is-more production by Jesse Gander, and another raw, spirited, chin-first performance by the duo. With the exception of the oddly placed but well-performed cover of the Gun Club's "For the Love of Ivy," the songwriting is extremely straightforward. So much so that Celebration Rock could arguably lack the powerful impact of the first record. Still, it's a hell of lot of fun, and played loud, as it should be, lines like "we're drinking and we're still smoking/don't we have anything to live for? Well, of course we do" are perfect depictions of the uplifting ruckus, youthful exuberance, and sheer passion these boys deliver time and time again. ~ Jason Lymangrover
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Japandroids sing about lost youth and sex and drinking atop hammer-of-the-geeks distortion swirls and holler-along refrains..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.96) - "There's nothing ironic or detached about this exhilarating blast of Canadian bar-punk."
Q (Magazine) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[G]ood-time guitar-pop anthems about girls and nights on the tiles, delivered at breakneck velocity and near-deafening volume."
Uncut (magazine) (p.74) - "[O]n the magnificent 'For The Love Of Ivy' and the controlled fireworks of 'Continuous Thunder' it produces pounding blues of the most exhilarating kind."
Disc 1
1 Nights of Wine and Roses, The
2 Fire's Highway
3 Evil's Sway
4 For the Love of Ivy
5 Adrenaline Nightshift
6 Younger Us
7 House That Heaven Built, The
8 Continuous Thunder
Product Attributes
Artist Japandroids
Label Polyvinyl Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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