Monday, 30 April 2012

Track Review: Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Excitement is brewing because Japandroids are set to release their second studio album Celebration Rock in June. It's been five years since they began recording material for the critically acclaimed 2009 noise rock piece Post-Nothing, but they've kept every inch of originality and rawness which beacons down on the listener with such power. This momentous track is called The House That Heaven Built, and I'm not surprised. This track is thunderous, ecliptic and incredibly epic giving me visions of a dark rock montage somewhere in Brooklyn. Japandroids are of course Canadian, and focus on a mix between garage punk and noise punk.

It's like all great punk rock tracks. It has energy and a sense of urgency that the track 5's and 6's and 7's just don't have (if you catch my drift). This is single material and what a single this is. The drumming picks up momentum as the track progresses with the heavily distorted vocal jeers. The chords are heavy and have a standard sound, separating the verse from the chorus very nicely. The vocal refrains are magnificent, with vocalist/guitar Brian King screaming out the final clear shriek, "It’s a lifeless life, with no fixed address to give, but you’re not mine to die for anymore so I must live." The drums increase vigorously, as does the guitars which have a second coming sound this time round, with the drumming still building as the lyrics "And if they try to slow you down, tell em all to go to hell", booming through as clear as distortion allows it to be. 

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