It’s been a while that I was enthusiastic about a new guitar band. But here’s one. The sound of Japandroids feels like fresh air in a musical landscape dominated by endless 1980s rehashes, faux artsy bands, indie/electronic cross-overs, and the umpteenth minimalist hipster band. Instead, this is straightforward, hardcore, ramshackle, uncomplicated guitar music, calling into mind The Clash, the Ramones, the Pixies, punk and indie rock in general, and a little bit of ’90s rock.
But no text is necessary, just listen to this straight-up rock track bursting with force and energy (best sound quality here).