Circulation (JPNSGRLS) | 5/5
SINGAPORE — A year ago, Vancouver band Japanese Girls released its debut EP Sharkweek, which was filled with “catchy tunes, meaty rhythms and clever lyrics”. A year or so later, the name has been changed to JPNSGRLS (for obvious reasons) and the band has delivered a debut full-length album. And it more than exceeds the expectations built up from Sharkweek. It is truly exciting to see a young band fulfill its potential with music that is edgy, memorable and, most of all, lyrically meaningful — Brandon is about social discrimination (the real life story of Brandon Teena, an American transgender who was raped and murdered in Nebraska), for instance. The album’s intricately arranged rock ‘n’ roll is a wonder to behold, pulling together strands of ‘90s alt-rock (Smalls) and the post-punk revival (Circulation) into the perfect modern rock sound. JPNSGRLS have recorded one of the highlights of 2014.