A Northern soul in Southern Lands found his way into Japandroids’ hands. He has three words to say about it.
Does shitsnacks count as two words, since I removed the space? Whatever, I’m playing fast and loose with the rules here.
Anyhoo, it was all ass-kickey, with no susprises whatsoever. A comically large amp stack driven by a kinetic Brian King. David Prowse’s fist-pump-ready drum lines. All tied together by a “mosh-pit” chock full of sensitive dudes, and an all-you-can-shout-buffet of gang vocal chourses with plenty of oh-oh-oh-oh-ohoh-oh-OH’s for dessert.
It was also as life-affirming a concert experience as I’ve ever been to. So. Much. Fan. OMgosh.
Also, I’ve got to say the new songs sounded much better without the studio wizardry. I get why they went for it, and I still really like the album, but there’s something about these two dudes just kicking the shit out of their instruments that makes for Rock n Roll alchemy. And seeing that happen for the new songs made them click that little bit more.
Then, right before they closed the set with “The House That Heaven Built,” Brian said something about his voice straining he made a remark about times “when this wasn’t water and we weren’t taking care of our bodies.” It hit me. The new songs were never meant to stand up the break-neck life-or-death anthems that they made their name on. They stand beyond them, as a document of the same dudes in a different time, having fun in a different way and finding new ways to survive. That’s pretty damn, cool if you ask me, and way better than an attempt to make “Younger Us” 2.0. Hell, if they keep taking it easy, maybe they’ll have it in them to make another dad rock record to tour behind, so this sensitive dude can have another awesome night screaming his face off.
Overall rating: 8/8
Disclaimer: I took some footage of the show, but I’m not posting cause it’s full of my dumb ass screaming like an idiot. Sorry, but not really because there’s tons of live videos on YouTube that look and sounds way better than anything I could have taken.