Post-Nothing

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Post-Nothing
Studio album by Japandroids
Released 28 April 2009 (2009-04-28) (Canada)
4 August 2009 (2009-08-04) (Worldwide)
Recorded June–July 2008
Vancouver, Canada
Genre Garage rock, noise rock
Length 35:44
Label Unfamiliar Records
Polyvinyl Record Co.
Producer Japandroids
Japandroids chronology
'''Post-Nothing'''
(2009)
No Singles
(2010)
Singles from Post-Nothing
  1. "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
    Released: March 9, 2009
  2. "Wet Hair"
    Released: July 20, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 82/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club (A)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Drowned In Sound (8/10)[4]
Exclaim! (very positive)[5]
Filter (87%)[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10)[8]
Slant 5/5 stars[9]
Spin 7/10 stars[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[11]

Post-Nothing is the debut studio album by Canadian rock duo Japandroids, originally released on April 28, 2009 on Unfamiliar Records, and re-released on August 4, 2009 on Polyvinyl Record Co..

Background[edit]

The band self-financed the recording of Post-Nothing in the summer of 2008, with the intention of self-releasing it in 2009.[12] However, by the fall of 2008, King and Prowse had become convinced that the band was going nowhere, and mutually decided to call it quits at the end of the year. It was agreed that they would self-release the album early in 2009, but would not promote it.[12]

In January 2009, Japandroids signed to independent Canadian label Unfamiliar Records, who were eager to release the album, despite the band's reservations about continuing.[12] Frustrated by label interest only after they had decided to break-up, King and Prowse reluctantly agreed to continue Japandroids temporarily, and began performing live again.[12] In March 2009, taste-making website Pitchfork Media awarded the song "Young Hearts Spark Fire" a 'Best New Music' designation, instantaneously exposing the band to a large audience outside of Canada.[13]

Release[edit]

Post-Nothing was released in Canada on April 28, 2009 by Unfamiliar Records, originally on vinyl only (Unfamiliar had offered to press Post-Nothing on either CD or LP, but not both, with the band opting for an LP release). Pitchfork immediately championed the album, awarding it a 'Best New Music' designation, and praising its rawness, energy and reckless abandon.[8] Japandroids were subsequently signed to Polyvinyl Record Co. in June 2009.[14] Polyvinyl Record Co. re-released Post-Nothing worldwide on August 4, 2009.

Reception[edit]

Post-Nothing was released to widespread critical acclaim, especially in Canada where Exclaim! named it the second best album of 2009.[5] It was long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize[15] as well as nominated for the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year.[16] The album was also well-received internationally, appearing on many year-end lists including Pitchfork Media (#15),[17] SPIN (#16),[18] NME (#39),[19] The A.V. Club (#25),[2] Pop Matters (#35),[20] Stereogum (#21). The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[21]

Track listing[edit]

CD/LP edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Boys Are Leaving Town"   Japandroids, King 4:01
2. "Young Hearts Spark Fire"   Japandroids, King 5:05
3. "Wet Hair"   Japandroids, King 3:12
4. "Rockers East Vancouver"   Japandroids, Prowse 4:32
5. "Heart Sweats"   Japandroids, King 4:25
6. "Crazy/Forever"   Japandroids, King 6:04
7. "Sovereignty"   Japandroids, King 3:34
8. "I Quit Girls"   Japandroids, King 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Japandroids
  • Brian King – guitar, lead vocals (1,2,3,5,6,7,8), backup vocals (4)
  • David Prowse - drums, backup vocals (1,2,3,5,6,7), lead vocals (4)
Technical personnel
  • Jesse Gander - Engineer

Singles[edit]

Although no official singles were released from Post-Nothing, the songs "Young Hearts Spark Fire" and "Wet Hair" were released to promote the album prior to its release in the US and UK/EU respectively.

  • "Young Hearts Spark Fire" (March 9, 2009)
    • Digital download (US)
  • "Wet Hair" (July 20, 2009)
    • Digital download (UK/EU)
    • CD single b/w: "Young Hearts Spark Fire" (UK/EU)

Initially, the band had desired to include several more tracks on the album, but were unable due to insufficient funds. Many of the un-included tracks that the duo had written for the album were later recorded and released in 2010 as series of limited edition 7" singles.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Metacritic "Post-Nothing", Metacritic, August 4, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Kyle "The Top 25 Albums of 2009", The A.V. Club, December 9, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Lymangrover, Jason "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Allmusic, August 14, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Lukowski, Andrzej "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Drowned In Sound, September, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Gormely, Ian "Pop Rocks: Year In Review 2009", Exclaim!, December 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Filter Staff "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Filter Magazine, June 2, 2011, accessed July 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Tom Edwards "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Filter Magazine, October 16, 2009, accessed July 1, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Cohen, Ian "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Pitchfork Media, April 27, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Cole, Matthew "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Slant Magazine, August 2, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  10. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Spin Magazine, May 20, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  11. ^ Swanderfish "Album Review: Post-Nothing", Tiny Mix Tapes, May 15, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d Lindsay, Cam "No Fun City Rockers", Exclaim!, May 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  13. ^ Hogan, Marc "Single Review: Young Hearts Spark Fire", Pitchfork Media, March 4, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  14. ^ Polyvinyl Record Co. "Japandroids Join Polyvinyl Family", Polyvinyl Record Co., June 5, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  15. ^ Polaris Music Prize "Polaris Music Prize: 2009 Nominees", Polaris Music Prize, April 27, 2009, accessed November 10, 2010.
  16. ^ Juno Awards "Juno Awards: 2010 Nominees", 2010 Juno Awards, March 3, 2010, accessed November 10, 2010.
  17. ^ Hogan, Marc "Staff Lists: Top 50 Albums of 2009", Pitchfork Media, December 17, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  18. ^ Marchese, David "The 40 Best Albums of 2009", SPIN, December 7, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  19. ^ Edwards, Tom "The 50 Best Albums of 2009", NME, December 9, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  20. ^ Fortune, Drew "The Best 60 Albums of 2009", Pop Matters, December 18, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  21. ^ Billboard "Billboard Heatseekers Chart History", Billboard, August 22, 2009 accessed November 10, 2010.
  22. ^ Tedder, Michael "Q&A: Japandroids' Brian King", The Village Voice, October 26, 2010 accessed November 10, 2010.