I specifically woke up early this morning to get into Centeroo and attain a good spot for Japandroids, the Canadian garage-rock duo that took the indie music world by storm in 2009 with its debut studio album Post-Nothing that SPIN rated as its 16th best album of the year. I have to say, the music was good, but the production was shit, and it ruined the experience for me.
Japandroids is too eccentric and strange to be widely accepted and it will not break through into the mainstream music machine, but these days who would want to? This band has the potential to develop into a solid indie act, but these guys need to get their shit together. I know the band is going for a minimalistic, “we don’t give a fuck” attitude, but, they were late to the stage, the lack of a sound check caused major acoustic problems, their equipment kept breaking, the roadie couldn’t figure out how to tighten the clasp on a microphone stand, and do you have to complain about the heat after every song? We get it, the two of you are from Canada and are not used to this weather. Neither are we, everyone is hot, play the next damn song!!!
That being said, when the pair mustered up enough energy to actually play music they performed with such emotion that just being within hearing distance of the speaker could instill life into the most burnt out festival patron.
When Brian King ripped into “The Boys Are Leaving Town,” the band’s escape anthem, with a fuzzy guitar riff played over David Prowse’s manic stick-work, it was like an espresso filled syringe shot into the jugular.
I love the music, but the live show needs work. There is a lot of energy but this particular performance had major pacing issues. The crowd would get worked up into a frenzy and then be denied that non-stop euphoric rock session it so desired. Most attendees could only muster up a simple head bob.