Phoebe Bridgers brought out her cover of the Japandroids’ “The House that Heaven Built” at her show in Vancouver last week. A fan shot video has made its way online.
Japandroids have announced some new tour dates.
In March of this year I was lucky enough to photograph the Japandroids and Craig Finn in Seattle on Saturday, March 18th at the Neptune Theater. It was a sold out show with no barricade for the photographers to be in front of, so things definitely got rowdy when the Japandroids started. You’ll find the gallery below.
The Japandroids’ cover of “Fire in the Western World” is now up on Spotify and Apple Music.
The Japandroids have announced some new tour dates. They’ve also put up a new 7″ for sale for “North East South West” that features a cover of “Fire In The Western World” as the b-side.
Japandroids’ cover of Taking Heads’ “Love → Building On Fire” has found its way online. The track is a b-side from the band’s limited edition 7″ vinyl that was available only in select record stores.
“It’s a lifeless life, with no fixed address to give/But you’re not mine to die for anymore/So I must live.” On the list of the best lyrics of the decade so far, that one—the most climactic line from the Japandroids’ blistering, cathartic “The House That Heaven Built”—has to be near the top. To me, that line has always been a beautifully apt statement about growing up and moving on. I suppose you could read it as a lyric about a break up, but I prefer to see it as a vow to let go of the things that used to define your life and build new ones in their place.
In a way, that’s exactly what Japandroids are doing on Near to the Wild Heart of Life, their third full-length album and their first in nearly five years. Their last record, 2012’s Celebration Rock, was more appropriately titled than any other album released in the past seven years. Beginning and ending with fireworks, the album raged with pounding guitars, blitzkrieg drums, and shout-along choruses that could put anyone in a party mood. It was an album about being young, staying up all night, making memories with friends, and drinking way more than could feasibly be deemed “necessary.”
Japandroids’ great new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life can be streamed below. The album hits stores on January 27th.
Japandroids have released their new song, “No Known Drink or Drug,” on Spotify and Apple Music. The song comes from their fantastic new album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, due out January 27th.
Japandroids have announced some 2017 tour dates.
The first single from the Japandroids, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life,” can be streamed below. The song comes from the album of the same name, which is due out on January 27th. Pre-orders are now up.
The Japandroids will release their new album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, in 2017 on Anti- Records. A trailer has been released and a new single should be coming soon.
Two fan-shot videos of Japandroids playing the new songs, “No Known Drink or Drug,” and “Near to the Wild Heart of Life,” live have surfaced online.
The Japandroids played their first show in three years last night in Vancouver. The debuted five new songs, including one that was captured on camera called “Arc of Bar.” The full set list can be found below. Apparently they told the crowd a new album will be coming, “very, very soon.”
Beach Slang covered the Japandroids’ “Younger Us” for an upcoming Polyvinyl Records compilation. You can stream that below.
Steven Hyden, writing for Uproxx, on missing the Japandroids and how to follow up Celebration Rock:
Japandroids make music that should, theoretically, be relatively easy to produce more than once or twice per decade. And yet, when you make a record as good at being simple as Celebration Rock is, it doesn’t leave you with a lot of options moving forward. If you repeat the formula, you have to compete directly with your most beloved record (and your audience’s distorted memory of that record). If you change up the formula (assuming you’re even capable of doing that), you run the risk of losing what people liked about you in the first place.
The Japandroids have announced some new tour dates. You can find those below.