Download: Germans - "I Am the Teacher"
First things first: no, they're not. They're from Toronto, and they're one of the new bands on Portland-based Arena Rock record.
If you were to try to form an opinion of the band based strictly on the picture above, I would not blame you if passed them off as a Napoleon Dynamite joke band. Of course, I would be mad at you for judging a band based on one photograph. Sure, they do for the most part make some light-hearted pop music, but they do it so well.
I am constantly reminded of lo-fi artists like Pavement and Sebadoh/Dinosaur Jr. when listening to Germans, however the record avoids any pretensions and stands up as a great, bouncy, pop rock, without overstepping the bounds of creating too much noise/feedback on any of their tracks.
Aiden Koper, one of the co-founders of the band, was also in charge of making the video posted below, for "I Am the Teacher." According to an interview on Eye Weekly, “one of the computers didn't have any glass in the monitor, so that was the one we could do whatever we wanted with, like roll it down a hill or pour beer in it... when I first saw the video, I didn't know that he planned to blow up the world.” If you really want to know how they manage to blow up the world, you have to watch that video!
According to the Arena Rock site, Germans will be playing some US/Canada shows sometime this spring. We will keep you informed.