Japandroids – No Singles

ARTIST: Japandroids           220px-No_Singles_cover

TITLE:  No Singles

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES:  This takes a 2006 and 2007 EP and smooshes them together.

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only 500 of each EP were released at first,so….

LINEUP: Brian King, David Prowse

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First two EPs from the shambling, loud duo. It’s raw and pretty good.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: This Vancouver duo (kinda like the White Stripes or Black Keys, only different) plays raw, unadorned rock and roll that showcase their love for all kinds of guitar rock.

The energy is great, and there’s obviously a lot of love of riffs and lots of riffs. Yet at times, that energy overwhelms the song, making it all about the noise with the song struggling to emerge.

It’s great that they put this out, because the EPs were definitely something the public at large (and not just 500 hipsters in Vancouver) should hear, and it’s what they built on for the future.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had a hard time finding places to play, so basically they had to DIY it, and rent out spaces and ran the gigs themselves.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-: A decent beginning – you can hear where they wound up from here.

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