it’s been more than four years since japandroids’ triumphant, no frills sophomore album, celebration rock arrived, propelling the vancouver duo to critical acclaim and spurning a massive, grueling international tour in support of its success. time was needed to recoup.
brian king and dave prowse ended a long period of dormancy earlier this fall when they began playing select dates around north america, their set lists peppered with new material. an album announcement was imminent; near to the wild heart of life is due out january 27th via anti – and polyvinvyl records, a mixture of new and familiar distribution for the band.
the album’s title track also serves as its thundering lead single, with all of the japandroids hallmarks in tow: a wall of guitar (with a lead line superimposed ever so slightly over the top); punishing floor toms; beer-can-in-hand sing-along hooks; a chorus of “whoa-oh”s for good measure. in the sequence of the overall album, however, this song may prove to be an anomaly, as an extensive pitchfork interview conveys the band’s desire to become more three-dimensional in their songwriting. expect near to the wild heart of life to be just as grandiose, just perhaps in a different manner.
in the interim, there is this titanic lead single, an anthem of anthems from one of this century’s most anthemic bands. take a listen to “near to the wild heart of life” below.