Leigh Righton

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July 29, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

The cacaphonous bursts of garage-rock fuzz on this young Vancouver duo’s third album are the stuff of a thousand beer-soaked basement parties — shambolic, sweaty, and happily unrefined. The title may claim Post-Nothing-ness, but the band’s antecedents are clear: Early alt stars from Hüsker Dü to Mudhoney raise their hairy heads throughout, though Japandroids seem happier to summon a bashing racket than explore the possibility of real melodies. Still, when they howl on ”Young Hearts Spark Fire,” ”You can keep tomorrow/After tonight, we’re not going to need it,” it sounds like a welcome invitation. B

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