The world of indie music is fraught with a serious and ongoing identity crisis: micro-trends come and go, sometimes in the span of months. Truthfully, it's a bit of a bummer. Who can keep up? Really, who wants to? And is it any wonder, then, that in the face of this interminable whirlwind more and more groups are embracing nostalgia as a musical reference point in itself?
Vancouver, BC's Brian King and David Prowse, who make up Japandroids, play a totally 2000s sort of lo-fi garage punk imbued with the frenetic spirit of 1990s indie rock. Their debut full-length Post-Nothing traffics in the same kind of unabashedly youthful, fuzzed-out exuberance as a band like, say, No Age, but with a decidedly more personable air about it. Like that group, Japandroids is a two-piece drums n guitar operation, with both members tackling vocal duties. But unlike so many trend-hopping up-and-comers, dudes just wanna have fun.
Japandroids songs are imbued with a reckless abandon that recalls all the best pre-Jimmy Eat World emo, accompanied by a minimal (but effective) lyrical approach. I dont wanna worry about dyin/ I just wanna worry about those sunshine girls, King declares on the Post-Nothing standout Young Hearts Spark Fire." A similar longing for the lost simplicity of youth permeates the entirety of the record, and rather than come off as whiny or cloying, it proves a remarkably tight fit with the bands feverish style of playing.
Japandroids plays 529 in East Atlanta this Saturday with Real Estate (no relation to Sunny Day), another emerging purveyor of sepia-toned, nostalgia-driven tuneage. That groups hazy, beach-party vibe should provide an interesting contrast to Japandroids house-party jams. Florida quartet Surfer Blood opens. Go party like its 1995 all up in that piece.
$8-$10. 9 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228--6769. 529atl.com.
(Photo courtesy Polyvinyl Records)
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