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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight in Music: Japandroids and Torche

Posted by Lex Chase on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:53 AM

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) You don't need much of an attention span to listen to Canadian rock duo Japandroids. Their new album, Celebration Rock, boasts catchy drum riffs and sporadic vocals that yell youth anthems to inspire you to burn shit down. There's no doubt they'll keep your ADD in check and your body jamming all night long. LEX CHASE

(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Combining dissimilar genres purely for the sake of it almost always leads to catastrophic results. Take the reggae Beatles cover band whose music constantly plays over the speakers in QFC, or the entire rap-rock phenomenon, for instance—some style mixtures are simply better left alone. Torche, however, have proven to be an exception to the rule. They're a self-described "stoner pop" band (I know, right?) and their excellent new album Harmonicraft could pretty accurately be characterized as Sleep running through a Replacements and Guided by Voices cover set. And it might be hard to believe, but they almost never sound ridiculous. Non-ironic pick scrapes count in the record's poppiest song, "Kicking," and for some bizarre reason it all sounds completely natural. They're a wonderful anomaly. MORGAN TROPER


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