8 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Japandroids’ expansive third album follows 2012’s Celebration Rock with something steadier and more mature, but no less triumphant. At times—“Midnight to Morning” and the spacious “True Love and a Free Life of Free Will”—their Springsteenian indie rock approaches the stadium-sized grandeur of bands like Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam, bridging the energy and commitment of punk with the ambition of center stage.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Japandroids’ expansive third album follows 2012’s Celebration Rock with something steadier and more mature, but no less triumphant. At times—“Midnight to Morning” and the spacious “True Love and a Free Life of Free Will”—their Springsteenian indie rock approaches the stadium-sized grandeur of bands like Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam, bridging the energy and commitment of punk with the ambition of center stage.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

38 Ratings

38 Ratings

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Faunce13,

These guys should be huge!! Maybe they are just big enough. The songs are great anthems about what lifw ought to be and I can't get enough.

AWESOME!

Japandroid rocks!,

Love this band...I am so excited they have another album coming out. Every song is incredible, and bucks the horrible, plastic and disposible music that is being issued by most rock bands today. Thanks Japandriods!!!

God Bless You Boys!

Oldest Emo Kid,

2016 saw the end of my favorite band of all time. I wandered around being super emo and just lost..... I had been a fan of these guys since "No Singles." "Celebration Rock" was album of the year for me several years ago. I had thought they had ended. I was freaking out when I found this song on Spotify. The drums and guitar work are, as always amazing. This is my new jam. With the impending album 2017 MAY be the best year musically I have had in years.

About Japandroids

The rousing Canadian indie rock duo Japandroids rose to widespread acclaim in 2009 following the release of their debut album, Post-Nothing. Formed in 2006 in Vancouver, British Columbia by college friends Brian King (guitar, vocals) and David Prowse (drums, vocals), they settled on a raw, no-frills approach that took influences from vintage garage and punk. Maintaining a D.I.Y. aesthetic, they produced two self-released EPs -- All Lies (2007) and Lullaby Death Jams (2008) -- before completing their full-length debut.

Frustrated by their lack of success up to that point, the two friends nearly called it quits at the end of 2008 before Canadian label Unfamiliar Records took a chance on them and released Post-Nothing in the spring of 2009. An enthusiastic stamp of approval from tastemaking site Pitchfork greatly increased Japandroids' exposure, and by the year's end the album had been released internationally by the American indie Polyvinyl and, among other accolades, received a Juno nomination for Album of the Year.

King and Prowse toured extensively over the next year, bringing their high-energy, raucous rock to stages around the world and playing major festivals like Bonnaroo, Sasquatch!, and the Pitchfork Music Festival. Returning to the studio in 2011, Japandroids emerged in the summer of 2012 with their follow-up album, Celebration Rock. Recorded in the same straightforward manner as their debut, Celebration Rock fared better both critically and commercially than its predecessor, infusing more classic rock influences into the mix, especially on the anthemic lead single, "The House That Heaven Built." Resuming their rigorous touring schedule, Japandroids notched over 200 shows in 40 countries over the next year and half.

Exhausted by the nearly constant touring, King and Prowse decided to take a break at the end of 2013, and the band effectively shut down public operations for nearly three years. It was later revealed that during parts of this hiatus period, they'd been recording new material at a variety of locations from Vancouver to New Orleans to Mexico City. Re-emerging in late 2016 with a handful of live dates, Japandroids announced the release of their long-awaited third LP, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, which arrived in January 2017 via Anti- in the U.S. and Arts & Crafts in Canada. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana
  • GENRE
    Alternative
  • FORMED
    2006

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