Thursday, February 23, 2017

Japandroids NEAR THE WILD HEART OF HEAVEN (2017)



Japandroids have also turned thirty, and are writing about it, acutely then obliquely, finding the crux of the age is feeling like a teen with bad knees and worse hangovers.  Feeling nothing like the guys in suits. Japandroids aren't genre-saviors, as they've been touted (not their fault!), but they are the ultimate mixtape band, like when you need a jump-start after a ballad.  Would slide well into any Saturday night mix of Spoon, The Hold Steady, Ted Leo, The Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., and more earnest-but-not-serious, genial, asexual bro-rock.  (Asexual compared to the absurd bar set in 70's rock and never altered.  Like, lots of Led Zeppelin is actually embarrassing to listen to in public.)

***BEN HAS FIRE TAKES***

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