Japandroids nearly didn't make it here. The two self-recorded their debut LP, Post-Nothing, then decided to call it quits after struggling to make a dent in their hometown of Vancouver. So, naturally, THAT'S when the two-piece caught on. Their record caught the attention of a label, then the music press, and then fans. The band has been touring or recording all the time since then.
It's an incredible story considering the noise Japandroids produces. This is not heady, dense stuff that requires several listens to unravel. It's loud, immediate music made by two guys locked-in to a triumphant energy. Guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse obviously revel in their roles, so the title of their 2012 sophomore record, Celebration Rock seems especially appropriate. Each song bursts with urgency. It's like they can't believe they're still here, and are dead-set on making the best of it.
Download Japandroids' "The House That Heaven Built" from Celebration Rock here, and watch the band perform "Fire's Highway" live at Pitchfork Music Festival in the video below. Japandroids play Webster Hall Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Brooklyn favorites DIIV open both shows (they have a video below, too).