By Kieran Webber
Canadian outfit JPNSGRLS’ (Japanese Girls) sophomore album ‘Divorce’ may be their most infectious yet, due to its layered riffs, ingenious songwriting and poignant delivery. The band have drawn clear influence from the likes of The Hives and Arctic Monkeys but added their own unique touch, ‘Divorce’ is still very much their own music.
Beginning with the uncontrollable ‘Oh My God’, a fiery ball of pulsing energy, followed by the hook-heavy ‘A Girl From A Different Dimension’. Both songs act as the perfect introduction into the album, grabbing the listener’s attention and leaving them wondering what is around the corner.
The high-octane energy is continued through to ‘Bully For You’, a 70’s rock-inspired number that is oozing in cool and relaxed confidence. It also carries an important message about gender acceptance – few bands can fuse together tasty licks and emotive songwriting like these guys.
Although the band thrive and clearly excel in chaos they still have the ability to boast their more sophistical elements particularly in ‘Holding Back’, a early 2000’s nostalgia trip that collide with meaty stoner rock riffs.
Overall, it is 11 tracks of sludgy rock inspired by the best elements of both the new and old school. The band have found complete confidence in their sound and this is heard through the whole album – it is cohesive, infectious and has multiple layers of intelligence through the songwriting.