Requirement: Listen to Japandroids on 11.
Once you’ve met the one requirement of their new record “Post-Nothing,” I can almost guarantee you’ll travel through time… where you’ll end up I can’t say for sure, but you’ll be young, full of energy, and your ears will be throbbing for at least an hour after the record is through.
Disillusionment is the obvious theme of Post-Nothing… a disillusionment with youth that creates an inescapable desire to get as far from town as we can. “Rockers East Vancouver,” one of the more wordy of this albums lyrically minimalist songs is a good representation of what you’ll hear from the others (in not so many words):
We used to go out
Get drunk and get sad
But this town
And this scene
Has gone bad
We kept waiting
But still nothing changes
It’s a shame
Burnt right out
Pretty much anyone who spent youth in the nineties will relate to this record, both lyrically and musically. Figuring out what to do when that realization hits you… “I’m grown up” and the fears and doubts and regrets that come along with it… all the while trying to discover hope in the things that are good.
The one glimmer of hope from these guys is on “Sovereignty,” which sings of letting go of the people-pleasing and jumping headfirst into the future with your love….
and that’s what I’m talking about.