3 years removed from their debut release, the not-so-aptly-named Vancouver duo Japandroids is back with Celebration Rock, a fun,raucous album that plays true to it’s name. The album kicks off with fireworks, and keeps the celebration rollin’ through 8 tracks of good times and rock and roll.
Throughout the course of it’s 35 minute play time, Celebration Rock manages to conjure up a great deal of nostalgia. For a music fan such as myself who got his chops in the turn of the century punk/indie/hardcore/whatever you want to call it scene – this record brings back shades of hole in the wall clubs packed to the seams with sweaty teenagers chanting and fist pumping the night away. Luckily, the Japandroids latest is simply a nod to punk rock past, and not a full blown foray into angst ridden adolescence.
This record seems to possess all of the better qualities of the aforementioned trip down memory lane – leaving the claustrophobia, heat exhaustion and not so pleasant smells behind in favor of a spirited and energetic release. In the midst of the scorching garage rock and punk rock passion is an earnest and genuine rock and roll album worth celebrating.