just watched a few other live videos on youtube......it appears that theyre just not a good live band, which is unfortunate, because i love them on record. the lead singer is just super flat.
I mean...Brian definitely does not have a "good" technical voice, but it works and usually sounds a lot better than in that video.
Having seen them live, I can attest to the fact that no, they do not in fact "absolutely blow live." Check it:
No offense meant to either of you, but if you're standing there with your arms crossed muttering under your breath about how bad the dude's voice sounds at a Japandroids show then a.) you're probably missing the point and b.) you must be a ton of fun to go to shows with. Two cents.