After doing their best to own St Jerome's Laneway Festival earlier this year, Vancouver duo Japandroids returned for a second shot at touring their outstanding Celebration Rock album of 2012, with North Perth's Rosemount Hotel having the honour of hosting their first Australian headline show.
Opening with Adrenaline Nightshift to the sold-out 600-strong room, guitarist Brian King's axe lacked a bit of punch early, despite at least three quad boxes on stage (which pushed drummer David Prowse into a tight corner), leaving Japandroids sounding a little more like a two-piece than usual.
Things were soon resolved, however, and by the time Fire's Highway arrived three tracks in, the energy in the room had lifted and Perth was giving back as good as it got.
The set took an interesting structure, as tracks alternated between songs from Celebration Rock and debut record Post-Nothing, with the additional time allowed for a headline show meaning Japandroids could indulge in more tracks from their debut album and some non-album tracks, many of which hadn't been played live here before.
The Boys Are Leaving Town and Heart Sweats were notable inclusions; the Post-Nothing tracks rocking even harder live than on record. For those less familiar though there was always a Celebration Rock track up next, which saw The Nights of Wine and Roses and Younger Us drop fairly early, both to rousing receptions.
Evil's Sway was another to get fists pumping and voices raised in unison, while the "slow jam" Continuous Thunder was like the calm before the storm, making way for ball-tearing renditions of Young Hearts Spark Fire, Post-Nothing's best track, and The House That Heaven Built, which unsurprisingly was the night's crowning moment.
From there it was pure celebration before the rock finally came to a close with a cover of the Gun Club's For the Love of Ivy, the track's stop-start tempo creating enough euphoric mayhem that everyone could take a little home with them.