Earlier this month, Vancouver rock-duo Japandroids told us how their sophomore LP Celebration Rock was influenced by live recordings from Iggy Pop, the Dream Syndicate and Nick Cave. It seems like channeling those iconic acts has paid off. Hive photographer Rebecca Smeyne caught the band at New York’s Bowery Ballroom last night, where she noted they’re particularly “tight” these day compared to three years ago when they were touring around their debut Post-Nothing.
“The show was sold-out, packed with ardent, extremely rowdy, mostly male fans, who not only knew the words to all the songs, but also the band bios. One guy next to me shouted to drummer/vocalist David Prowse ‘You’re my favorite social worker!’” Smeyne said. “This is a band that’s clearly, finally come into their own. The only thing I’m left wondering — What is that photo taped to Brian’s guitar?”
Celebration Rock is out now on Polyvinyl. Check out Smeyne’s gallery below, and if you know the photo, send us a Tweet, please.