by Lisa Kirchner

With Canadian duo Japandroids, size doesn’t matter.

Their classic lo-fi indie rock has a big sound for such a small band. College mates Brian King (on guitar) and David Prowse (on drums) write catchy, upbeat songs full of refreshing, youthful vigor on their first signed release, Post-Nothing. With earnest vocals screamed over fuzzy guitars and big drums, songs like “The Boys Are Leaving Town” and “Sovereignty” are upbeat tunes with a pop-punk feel that hit you in a visceral way. While Japandroids’ strength lies in melodic composition, their lyrical ability leaves something to be desired, and most songs consist of just two or three lines sung over and over. Hopefully Japandroids will use their post-Post-Nothing days to develop a more mature songwriting style to match their rockin’ noise-pop jams.

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