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Japandroids at Knitting Factory (October 29, 2016)

By Will Oliver, December 31st 2016 — with 1 comment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years since Japandroids released Celebration Rock, their big breakthrough sophomore release. The band has been quiet in the years since their extensive touring of that album, but back in late October the duo returned to New York for a pair of very intimate shows at Knitting Factory to warm up their live show, and to test out some new songs off their long-awaited follow-up album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, coming out in January 2017 via their new label, Anti- Records.

Seeing the garage rock duo in such a small room was quite an experience, as they pummelled through songs old and new, causing the entire room to become one collective mosh pit with sweat and beer mixed in. The group were a bit shy about sharing the new material, but the crowd took to it as if it was material that we had already known for years. Getting to hear older material thrown in there only added to the feverish nature of the crowd, resulting in one of the wilder shows I saw all year.
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Dan Boeckner

Last week former Wolf Parade member Dan Boeckner’s new band (in addition to Divine Fits and Handsome Furs) Operators (read more about them here) played a show during Canadian Music Week 2014.

During the show the band brought out Japandroids to join them as Dan led them all through Wolf Parades “This Heart’s On Fire.” This is probably the cloest thing we will get to hearing anything from Wolf Parade for now, so it’s cool to see, especially considering Japandroids are involved as well.

Watch the performance below.
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Japandroids @ Governors Ball (June 8, 2013)

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2013 — with 1 comment

Japandroids started day two of Governors Ball in perfect fashion. Sure, the mud was full in force, but there was no rain to be found anywhere. Only sunshine and big riffs/drums from the electrifying duo who summon quite the stir. They have a good sense of humor too, calling themselves Guns ‘n Roses. They may not have been headlining, but Japandroids sure did leave their mark.
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Wavves & Japandroids were up next at the Viceland party, and lets just say things got a bit rowdy. Wavves put on their usually firey set which resulted in a pretty hectic moshpit. Elbows were thrown, free beers were freely thrown everywhere. Security wasn’t too pleased and tried to get involved, which resulted in Nathan telling them to bend down and chill out. Can’t blame either side. The crowd was a bit much, but it is the type of show where you expect these sort of things to go down.

Japandroids were next and had to battle some tough issues with the sound. The band’s rough powerhouse sound was let down by flat sound that wasn’t there fault. They fought through it the best that they could and put on the best show they could. Regardless of any sound troubles, the crowd was drunk and almost as rowdy as before.


Japandroids @ Pitchfork Music Festival (July 13, 2012)

By Will Oliver, July 16th 2012 — with 1 comment

Japandroids have released one of the best albums of the year with Celebration Rock. They put their best foot forward with their set at Pitchfork on Friday creating a powerful display of noise. The amount of noise that this duo is able to create is unbelievable.

Lead singer and guitarist Brian King rocked out, finding room to move all around the stage, while drummer David Prowse laid down a beating on his kit. The band is not to be missed. They put their all into the songs, resulting in one of the best sets of the entire weekend.

Here’s a nice full set of photos for you guys:
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[new]: Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2012 — with 2 comments

Japandroids hit hard with new single “The House That Heaven Built”. It’s taken from new album Celebration Rock which comes out June 5 via Polyvinyl.

The single is immediate, in your face, noise-pop that will cause for high speeds on the road with the windows down, and the volume cranked way up. Don’t know if noisey garage-rock has ever been this accessible. I’m stunned right now, this is off the wall good.

A 7″ of the single will be released on May 15. The b-side is a cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Jack the Ripper”. Find the tracklist for Celebration Rock below, along with upcoming tour dates.
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[new] Japandroids – Younger Us

By Will Oliver, June 8th 2010

Japandroids are back with the 2nd release in their series of 7″ singles. They previously released “Art Czars” as a single, and now they are back with “Younger Us”. The single comes with a cover of X’s Sex and Dying in High Society, which acts as the b-side.

“Younger Us” continues the band’s hot streak of writing sweaty garage rock that is only acceptable at high volumes. The band gave away “Younger Us” as a free mp3 download, which you can grab, after the jump:

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