Whoever booked A Place to Bury Strangers’ tour is easily amongst the most generous people around. Not only did they put on a magnificent shoegaze band on for the incredibly reasonable price of £6, there were also two support bands who should easily be able to headline tour the UK themselves. Sad Day for Puppets have in fact done so, even if it was a relatively little sojourn, being showcased in such places as the Chrolton Irish Centre’s back room. Japandroids took to the stage at around 7 o’clock due to a clubnight being put on by the venue afterwards meaning an early start/finish. They took to the stage admitting that this was their first time in the rainy city.
It’s massively obvious, but comparisons to my favourite male two piece of living memory, death from Above, are probably fair in this instance. Lyrically, they cover similar topics – namely girls, and the regrain ‘you’re as cold as ice, girl/I should know, I’ve been to the north pole’ could’ve come straight from You’re a woman, I’m a machine. But they’re far from copycats – they’re an absolutely amazing outfit, especially live. Though their record ‘Post-Nothing’ offers a glimpse into what they are – drum-driven, loud guitar music. But it doesn’t quite capture the ferocity that they play with live. they may have been supporting a band dubbed the loudest in the world, but on their performance at moho live, Japandroids might earn the pound-for-pound title.
They’re back again in the new year, and you should do everything within your power to be there. Here’s the dates (American style, sorry):
|2/22/2010||Brighton, UK||The Freebutt|
|2/24/2010||Leeds, UK||Cockpit 3|
|2/25/2010||Manchester, UK||Deaf Institute|
|2/26/2010||Glasgow, UK||King Tuts|
And here’s an Mp3. if you’ve not already, get yourself Post-Nothing. It’s the kind of record that I can imagine still sounding as great in 10 years time, so if you’ve any regrets then you can just blame me: