Half Japanese / Overjoyed
Album: Overjoyed   Collection:General
Artist:Half Japanese   Added:Nov 2014
Label:Joyful Noise Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-12-05 Pull Date: 2015-02-06
Week Ending: Feb 8 Feb 1 Jan 18 Dec 7
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 03, 2015: Setting Fire to the Lab
Meant To Be That Way
4. Dec 06, 2014: In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand: GR&SPNWED!!
Meant To Be That Way
2. Jan 27, 2015: The Fishbowl
Meant To Be That Way
5. Dec 06, 2014: Music Casserole
In Its Pull
3. Jan 13, 2015: The Fishbowl
In Its Pull

Album Review
Lester G.
Reviewed 2014-11-30
Half Japanese influenced all your favorite indie-rock bands. If you’re into more polished indie bands, I guarantee they influenced *their* favorite bands. Formed in Maryland circa 1975 by brothers Jad and David Fair, they cranked out infectiously catchy, happy-go-lucky bedroom-punk without ever bothering to tune their instruments. A recent reunion has led to headlining appearances at SXSW and opening for Neutral Milk Hotel (which should totally have been the other way around). Imagine Dead Kennedys minus the anger, Dinosaur Jr without the angst. Jad’s geeky, nasal croon is as sharp as ever.
RIYL life, love, rock & roll

1. (2:39)** awkward, rambling diatribe about staying positive, set to dissonant, punchy chords; a dorky reworking of ‘50s rock n roll
2. (3:40)* frantic upbeat love song with cowbell and surfy-garage vibes, Thee Oh Sees plus reverb minus sex appeal
3. (4:02) kind of silly reggae/calypso jaunt, heavily swung, happy guitar leads and even a conga solo
4. (4:17) weird angry dark stomp, vocals seem to be muttered through a broken megaphone
5. (5:45) kind of sappy ballad vibes with Fair’s off-key earnest singing carrying the tune
6. (2:23)* jumpy, punky, catchy love song with irresistible guitar hooks
7. (4:02) grooving pseudo-rockabilly swing
8. (2:25) slow, somber, lilting tune accompanied by maybe an accordion?
9. (2:20)* jangly, dissonant guitar lead, rushed drums and generally anxious but upbeat rockin’
10. (3:02) another low-key strummer tune, surreal half-spoken lyrics
11. (1:54) fun, midpaced tune with acoustic and electric guitars, Jad sounds slightly urgent
12. (3:27) the sappiest of the slow tunes, heavily reverbed guitar and more of that weird accordion/harmonica thing

Track Listing
1. In Its Pull   7. Shining Star
2. Meant To Be That Way   8. Each Other's Arms
3. Brave Enough   9. Overjoyed And Thankful
4. Do It Nation   10. We Are Sure
5. The Time Is Now   11. As Good Can Be
6. Our Love   12. Tiger Eyes