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Before I heard of JAPANDROIDS I could not fancy a band which sings “Remember saying things like we’ll sleep when we’re dead” and say afterwards “Yes, indeed”. Sometimes lyrics are so naïve, but they are simply convincing in the way they are shouted out. I also want to go to France, so “we can French kiss some French girls”. This is what we want. But we are already 20. Other by now 30. And then every time I listen to Post-Nothing it just feels like the start of something new to me. Like this is all going to happen. Like the end is so infinite far away. Something like mirth. And all this in 8 five-minute songs.

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The condemned live longer. The Canadian rock-duo from Vancouver, JAPANDROIDS, express themselves through this idiom. Why? Simply, because their music is brought to the point. They decided to break up, but their first-album Post-Nothing was already done and ready for the release in 2009. They did not expect anything, which is attributed to their modest manner in themself, but within the release came the great success. They were just going to do the tours, because they always wanted that experience, but it always seemed like they were on borrowed time. So JAPANDROIDS toured extensively throughout 2009-2010, earning praise for their extremely energetic live performances and after 2 years touring they add a third year to figure out how to make another album piece-by-piece. So the difference in the songwriting process was huge. The first album was dedicated to their closest friends and neither Brian nor David thought that someone else in the world would like to hear this and tries to understand it. So they had no expectations at all. But then they had to realize that many more peoples from far away want to hear the crunchy sound of JAPANDROIDS. So long the new crowd wanted another album, but it seemed hard and different in the bands mindset to admit the new kind of songwriting. And if a song took more than 5 takes in studio he weren’t worth it to be on the album. And if you bring this attitude to conclusion you get an album like Celebration Rock.
Celebration Rock starts where Post-Nothing ends. With a hymn about the typical rock’n’roll attitude. The Nights of Wine and Roses is simply about drinking and smoking. Wonderful to get a first impression of the new album and also a great start. And then, just the second song goes deeper into the mystical thoughts of the guitarist Brian King and the Drummer David Prowse. The concepts of good and evil , heaven and hell- the extreme boundaries of how people can feel and how fast things can change is what Brian likes and what him fascinates. It’s this language that makes it that intense. And so the entire album is that intense. It finds its climax in the most epic song of the album The House That Heaven Built. How can I describe this song? Well, if BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and PAUL WESTERBERG had a baby in their early years, it would now sound like this. After this mind-blowing song JAPANDROIDS end up with Continuous Thunder, which not too far away from what I’d call a love-song. But in a non-exaggerated way which isn’t peeving. And so it’s done. You can now enjoy the fireworks, or just press the repeat button. I recommend the repeat button.

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JAPANDROIDS
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from Vancouver, Canada

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