Anyone who doubts the effect acoustics and mixing has on a good gig need only have looked so far as tonight's support act Sincerely, Grizzly. Their gig the previous weekend at The Exeter was limited by the venue's sound which let down their energetic performance. The same could not even remotely be said about their opening set here.
Japandroids' second album Celebration Rock kicks off with energy and a rocking beat. It doesn't stray far from the sound they established on their previous record (Post-Nothing) but it still sounds fresh. For those new to the Canadian rockers, Japandroids are an interesting dichotomy: A band sounding very unpolished and yet also very polished at the same time. They put a lot of effort into keeping a raw, unrefined edge to their songs and yet they are so tight knit that they always sound very organised. Their second album has seen some more effort going into the production of their sound, which will appeal to anyone who was frustrated by the slight degree to which lyrics got lost in their self-titled debut. This does not happen on this album, with lyrics and intention clear throughout most, if not all, of the tracks.