Japandroids | Pitchfork Music Festival | July 13, 2012
Photo: Erica Gannett
After the atmospheric soundscapes of Tim Hecker, Japandroids provided a sudden but welcome change-up on the Blue stage. Running 30 minutes behind due to the day's monsoon, the Canadian duo took the stage quickly, loaded and ready to go. Guitarist Brian King, speaking almost as fast as the pace of his songs, informed the crowd of a reduced performance time, but not without putting an upbeat spin on things. "Who gives a shit if it's raining?" King bellowed. "It's Friday night—let's get wild!" The audience reacted appropriately with several brave crowd surfers against still-inclement weather.
King and drummer David Prowse played well off each other, feeding the other energy to build upon and keep the set elevating. An impressive drum solo by Prowse marked a high point, followed by a crowd joined in unified hand clapping (or, in some cases, soaked flip-flop clapping). The group went through some tracks off their latest album, Celebration Rock, including single "The House That Heaven Built." The speed of their performance sometimes made lyrics seem jumbled, but with spot-on guitar and drumwork paired with unparalleled energy, Japandroids worked the crowd as well as any act could during daylight.