Another Canadian buzz band, Vancouver’s Japandroids duo—Brian King and David Prowse—got its start with a couple of hard-to-find EPs and earlier this year released the heavily distorted, punk-garage-inspired “Post-Nothing,” a musical slam dunk that boasts enough melody to fill a life. Normally a band with two members, even powerful duos like The White Stripes or Local H, sounds slightly empty, but Japandroids might actually hurt from having another member—King and Prowse, who share vocal duties, have a rare chemistry that makes the band more a pure partnership than anything else. And “Post-Nothing,” a fabulous title for a record that seems to smirk from the first note, bursts at the seams with high-flying energy and outrageous volume. (The deep, near-metal-like guitar tone makes this material.) Opener “The Boys Are Leaving Town,” nothing short of mesmerizing in its inescapable frenzy, might be the rock song of the year. The band lists Mclusky as an influence—going so far as to cover the great “To Hell with Good Intentions” on a previous EP—and that comes as no surprise. Raw, aggressive beauty. (Tom Lynch)
October 9 at Schubas, 3159 N. Southport, (773)525-2508, at 10:30pm, $12, and October 10 at Schubas at 3pm.