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Japandroids Do Nick Cave's "Jack the Ripper"

The last time Vancouver's Japandroids came through town, they played the modest live room at Bryan Street Tavern. Odds are they'll command a larger venue next time around, considering the widespread anticipation of sophomore album Celebration Rock.

The duo gets the most noise per capita of any band out there with their guitar/drums setup, evidenced by the new album's first single, "The House That Heaven Built." If you spring for the limited edition clear vinyl 7-inch due out May 15, you'll also get B-side "Jack the Ripper," a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds cover from the 1992's Henry's Dream. It's a rather faithful take on Cave's post-punk storytelling and, if anything, it actually heightens the tension and intensity of the original.

While a somewhat obtuse stylistic reference, the cover succeeds in sparking interest in both Japandroids and Nick Cave. Pardon me while I give that last Grinderman record another try.

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