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Outtake from Clarke Tolton’s Teen Vogue shoot with Angel Haze.
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There were some albums that came out in 2012 that made me want to say something about them.
Japandriods – Celebration Rock
Congratulations Japandriods, you successfully created a time machine that takes listeners back the year when they were 15 years old. Pop-rock fans needed something to celebrate in 2012, and you managed to write songs that don’t sound completely cheesy even as you’re yelling “OH YEAH! ALRIGHT!” in the chorus. How did you do that Japandriods? How did you create something that made me feel like I needed to declare my independence, dye my hair pink, and drive aimlessly around just to not go home?
Now, there are a few nonarguable qualifications an album needs in order to fit into the emo category:
1. Multiple shout-outs/references to the band’s friends
2. Two dudes singing/shouting together passionately
3. Over-pronunciation of the lyrics
I can understand every god damn thing the Japandriods are trying to tell me, and this short and sweet album’s song titles and lyrics confirm: undeniably emo. From the opening track “Nights of Wine and Roses,” after the sound of fireworks popping off, they declare: Don’t we have anything to live for? / Well of course we do but until it comes true, we’re drinking.
In “Younger Us,” they plead: Give me younger us / Gimme that night you were already in bed, said fuck it got up to drink with me instead. And as they make their youthful demands, it’s exactly the feeling they accomplish for their listeners. X