Last month we asked you to shortlist then vote for The Indie Song Of Summer 2012. You guys came through with thousands of votes for jams from Twin Shadow, Best Coast, and the Walkmen — because you have good taste — but your #1 choice handily beat those all. Now that it’s Independence Day (happy Independence Day, btw), the polls are closed and we’re ready to reveal the winner…
We’re not entirely certain why the soul of the city was laid to rest, or the nights were forgotten and left for dead, but we do know that gloriously meaningless words like those, when welded to an elemental guitar-build and barked through Brian King’s ragged larynx, take on more meaning than anyone could every explain. Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built” is what happens when two earnest dudes sit down and attempt to write an epic shit-ripper of a rock song — something equal parts Springsteen and Westerberg, something that betrays not the slightest hint of self-awareness — and actually, against all possible, odds, succeed. It is a ridiculous and beautiful thing, and it will now live out its inevitable destiny as something to be howled from open car windows while sprinting down highways all summer long.
Here’s how the voting broke down:
So tell us, aside from Japandroids — and Cruel Summer III — what’s on your party playlist tonight?