Words and Images by: Andrew Bruss
Japandroids :: 12.9.12 :: Paradise Rock Club :: Boston, MA
Shows at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club don’t get wilder than they did for Japandroids, a power rock duo that know how to use sound as a weapon that can bring a capacity crowd to a its knees. Neither Brian King (guitar/vocals) or David Prowse (drums/vocals) are especially proficient on their instrument, but the rhythmic symmetry that flows between them creates a powerful force that any audience is bound to succumb to.
In addition to a wall of sound the duo creates that brings to mind Sonic Youth (quintet), The Secret Machines (trio) and some of those live, extended Velvet Underground jams (quartet), this duo know how to write melodic hooks that made bands like The Clash and Nirvana popular outside of punk rock circles.
The group was surrounded by an audience packed tight around three sides of the stage when young guys started taking a stage dive. With help from the venues intimate double-level layout, the 937 ticket holding souls’ enthusiasm made the crowd feel like as much a part of the event as the band itself. Without this crowd of fans with markered X’s drawn on each hands like a badge of youth and inexperience, the night wouldn’t have been the same. Once in a long while you catch a show that knocks you on your ass and makes you appreciate the intimate relationship between rock and roll and its audience. This was one of those shows.
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