by Dave Segal
on Thu, Nov 15, 2012 at 9:11 AM
(Neumos) Youthful enthusiasm can carry you only so far in music. You gotta have catchy tunes, interesting dynamics, tight drumming, a deviously ingenious manager, and not be fugly. Fortunately, Vancouver duo Japandroids have most of these elements in place. Making anthemic rock in 2012 is fraught with the sense that so many other bands have done this very thing, and dealing with the stolid irony of modern listeners can be an insurmountable obstacle. But Japandroids mostly burst through the wall of jadedness and conjure through their super-charged melody waterfalls a glorious vista of sunshine, pumping fists, fast-moving vehicles, and sweaty hugs. It's like Bruce Springsteen filtered through Hüsker Dü at their most exuberant, but, you know, Canadian. See also Stranger Suggests.