Both of Japandroids’ records are perfectly named. The Vancouver duo’s 2009 set, Post Nothing, introduced the band, coming off of, well, much of nothing – Brian King and David Prowse technically had broken up before its release and considered initial tours a “victory lap” of sorts- with a sweet, nostalgic, fuzz-filled journey where the only thing that mattered were sleepless nights and having another round. A thirst for fun, the set proved, as I called it back then, a perfect soundtrack for a rocky, suburban, teenage love affair that more than bubbles up the desire for a beer-soaked, steal-your-parents-car night on the town, no matter your age. Fast forward months and months of pretty continuous touring to 2011 and it was time for both a break and a new record, largely from scratch it seemed. The band took the year, traveled to Nashville and, told Stereogum, it felt like a vacation. Releasing again for Polyvinyl, Japandroids’ sophomore set, Celebration Rock is the fruit of said trek and from the the firework blasts that both open and close the record, it sounds pretty much like the first weekend of suburbia’s seemingly hedonistic, yet ever-pondered, summer vacation- wasted nights and “Down[ing] drinks in a funnel of friends” as its track one mentions. Celebrate they shall.

Though it’s a party, there’s a line from Post Nothing tune, “Young Hearts Spark Fire” that feels like a perfect encapsulation of the opposite side to said open-bar- besides vomiting-,“We used to dream, now we worry about dying. I don’t want to worry about dying, I just want to worry about those sunshine girls.” There’s a hearty amount of “ohhhs” and fist pumps, but for Japandroids, the crux of their portrait of ongoing youthful exuberance isn’t all highs- some very calculated and real parallels exist and they do a fair job at crossing them. There’s also a benefit to giving these moments, their visual memories, an understandable context- usually one night- to set the song’s narrative in. It’s an encapsulating thing, the importance of one night. We’ve all been to a party, gotten drunk and thought too hard about something and apart from the live benefit of being sweat-soaked and screaming along with “I don’t give a fuck, because I’m far from home tonight” (from “Sovereignty”), by giving their songs these applicable timestamps- seven of eight of Celebration’s songs have either the words “tonight” or “night” in them- they only further smooth their garage blasts.

Another 8-song set, though slightly larger in scope, Celebration Rock exists on many of the same basic levels as Nothing: There’s an immediate evocation of widespread ideal, plenty of anthemic choruses, jovial highs and breakneck, partytime-perfect speed, all plated alongside vocals documenting their version of a perfected moment of carefree booze wooze, lost in nights. On opener, “Nights on Wine and Roses” (named awesomely due to The Days of Wine and Roses, a 60s film where an alcoholic that falls in love with a younger woman and the rather fantastic 1982 LP from paisley band The Dream Syndicate- surprise, that album sinks in nostalgia too!) the band let us know they’re back. Much like the swirl-above-the-clouds guitar leads to a muddy drum rotation to introduce Post Nothing with “The Boys are Leaving Town,” it’s Celebration’s fireworks and Prowse’s chugging drum roll-up before King cracks whip, his guitar power chords blazing to wail, “Long lit up tonight and still drinking! Don’t we have anything to live for? Well of course we do, but till they come true, we’re drinking!” There’s then a yippie yell refrain and a set of anthemic ohs to move the tune along. Japandroids don’t do filler and from this point through the end, there’s plenty, if not continuous, moments to crowd surf. Some favorites are the one night saving grace for an out of towner on “Fire’s Highway,” the garage-locked, rockabilly-hinting “For the Love of Ivy” and love song closer, “Continuous Thunder” all of which hit their marks, but it’s on hugely anthemic pleaser, “Adrenaline Nightshift,” that just might be made perfect during the exclamation, “Wounded and thin, still waiting for a generation’s bonfire to begin.”

For similar ears, I’m again reminded of The Hold Steady, parts of The Gaslight Anthem and, don’t stone me, but there’s a certain spice of Warped Tour and early 2000s emo outfits like Moneen or Taking Back Sunday- I can’t escape those and other Drive Thru or Vagrant Records’ alums. So, if any, Celebration Rock’s downside was the same downside as the original Japandroids set- it’s jovial and probably amazing to whip donuts in the snow too, but by no means difficult to see where the pair are aiming their arsenal after the first shot. Dare I say, a little predictable? Certainly you’ll get a damn fun set and while it’s already thinned out enough for the chopping block, understand that there’s a time and place for all the feel good fist-pumper records out there, unless you’re the kind of person that goes to sleep blasting Andrew W.K. which for you, strap on your PJs and crack a brew dude because Japandroids have a new record.

This review originally appeared on the Mishka Bloglin.