After a few re-releases of old EPs and older material the band stunned the community with The House That Heaven Built. If people thought Post Nothing had been a ferocious rebel yell then this blew it away like a nuclear blast. And all of this is because of where the band’s energy comes from on Celebration Rock. It’s all in the name, instead of being driven by vague melancholy and disappointment at the end of an era they were invigorated and empowered by finally finding their place, and the music shows this.
A striking selection of more classically fast and hard hitting numbers all of sudden, upon closer inspection, feel very different from their debut on a purely melodic and lyrical level. Younger Us, an album highlight, was also dropped prior to the album’s release, and it remains the most resolutely triumphant, perhaps dating even closer to the time the band discovered they’d found their place. Yet despite finding their place this doesn’t mean they’ve settled down. After all, with so much energy a band like Japandroids can only sit in one place for so long.