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When powerhouse Vancouver duo Japandroids were snapping necks at Laneway Festival during their inaugural Australian visit earlier this year, they continually preached from stage how much they loved being here and vowed that they would come back soon for some more intimate performances.
Well guess what? They’re sticking to their promise! It’s been a rollercoaster ride for the duo, who formed Japandroids back in 2006, and – influenced heavily by The Sonics – quickly began writing and recording their own music. After a couple of years and a couple of EPs they recorded their debut album, ‘Post-Nothing’, but soon became disillusioned with life in the band.
That could easily have been the end of the road but fate intervened. Once the album was released the blogosphere took over with next to no promotion. ‘Post-Nothing’ went gangbusters. The ensuing ‘Post-Nothing’ tour that they ended up undertaking saw them play 200 rapturously-received shows in over 20 countries, and it was only a matter of time before they were writing and recording a follow up, last year’s ‘Celebration Rock’. That album built even further on Japandroids’ knack for anthemic, celebratory rock ‘n’ roll, finding a middle ground between the arena stylings of Springsteen and the bar room mantras of bands like The Hold Steady and Fucked Up, all given their own distinctive punk-tinged twist.
So whether you were already blown away by Japandroids earlier this year when they dominated Laneway or are a complete newcomer to their incendiary and primordial live show, do yourself the proverbial favour when the pair hit stages near you this August and September for their second Australian jaunt for 2013 – they don’t call it celebration rock for nothing! Click here to watch the video for ‘The House That Heaven Built’.