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Pop/Rock - Released June 4, 2012 | Polyvinyl Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2009 | Polyvinyl Records

For their debut, Japandroids hit the ground running on Post-Nothing, a warm flurry of fuzzy guitar, disjointed crashing drums, and childlike vocals yelled in unison by guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse. Several seasons before the album was released, "Young Hearts Spark Fire" hit the blogosphere and earned the band enough praise to secure a spot on Polyvinyl. The buzz continued with comparisons to fellow lo-fi/noise rockers No Age and Wavves, two of the hottest forerunners on the hipster art-punk scene. (Japanther is probably a closer comparison, due to their similar super-sized two-man singing style, but then again, Japandroids aren't an easy band to pin down.) The lo-fi/noise rock tag is such a wide-ranging term that it's a loose fit. Think of it as a triple XL that the malnourished (metaphorically speaking) musicians can only wear if they wrap up in layers and layers of distortion. Behind the '90s shoegaze overdrive and underneath all the punk rock thrashing, Japandroids' songs are absolute pop in the truest sense. They're innocent, they're simple, and they're filled with blindingly good hooks. It's all thrown together with a superb sense of knowing what works. With all the fat trimmed, of the eight songs there isn't a bad track, making it difficult to choose a favorite, be it the singalong-itude of "Wet Hair" and "Young Hearts Spark Fire," the nod to Thin Lizzy with "The Boys Are Leaving Town," the fantastic bashing of "Heart Sweats," or the heartfelt sincerity of "Crazy/Forever." The lyrics aren't exactly thoughtful. Mainly, they're about girls and drinking, but they're delivered with such passion that they seem truly earnest, even when the line involves French-kissing French girls on Bikini Island. Just before the spring fever wears off and "Sovereignty" dissipates into the teeth-rattling power ballad closer "I Quit Girls," the boys shine brightest as they shout, "It's raining in Vancouver/But I don't give a fuck, because I'm alone with you tonight." It pretty much sums up the Japandroids code. They act apathetic, but they're totally sentimental. Likewise, they're musically proficient even though they're sloppy as hell. © Jason Lymangrover /TiVo

Alternative & Indie - Released May 11, 2010 | Polyvinyl Records

Polyvinyl's No Singles compiles Japandroids' first two out of print EPs, All Lies and Lullabye Death Jams, offering fans a chance to check out the duo in its even looser, post-punk beginnings. As the album title implies, No Singles doesn’t pack in the hits like their excellent full-length debut, Post-Nothing. The early material is ramshackle, with back-and-forth shouts and youthful jubilation, but the songs lack an anchor: the fist-pumping hooks that became Japandroids' calling card. That key ingredient notwithstanding, Brian King and David Prowse display a lot of promise and chemistry in their early stages, and the walloping “Hey! Hey! Hey!” of "Coma Complacency," the chugging harmonic guitar clinks vs. rock ‘em sock ‘em drums in “Darkness on the Edge of Gastown,” and the urgent playground taunts of Mclusky's “To Hell with Good Intentions” will be enough to make hardcore fans very happy. For completists who probably already own the EPs, the bang-up remastering job by John Golden (Nirvana, Melvins) and thick liner notes justify an upgrade. © Jason Lymangrover /TiVo