Japanese Motors

Album Review of Japanese Motors by Japanese Motors.

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Japanese Motors

Japanese Motors

Japanese Motors by Japanese Motors

Release Date: Oct 7, 2008
Record label: Vice
Genre(s): Indie, Rock

60 Music Critic Score
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Japanese Motors - Average, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10

With a pro surfer as their lead singer and a drummer who used to be a designer for the surf gear brand Hurley, it's no surprise that Japanese Motors' music is all about surfing, drinking, parties, and girls (not necessarily in that order). At its best, Japanese Motors embodies that lifestyle so completely that it transports listeners into the band's laid-back, sun-drenched world. The album kicks off with "Single Fins & Safety Pins," the perfect distillation of the band's sound world: over lapping waves and keening seagulls, Alex Knost's vocals are half Richard Hell's deadpan cool and half surfer boy drawl, while the rest of the band's handclaps, hooks, and backing vocals pay homage to the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, and all the other California surf rock bands that came before them.

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