DOWNLOAD: Japandroids - Young Hearts Spark Fire (MP3)
Japandoids @ Pianos 7/11 (cdevil)
For an hour, as the drummer David Prowse played jumpy, unflamboyant arrangements, [guitarist Brian] King was electric. He threw his lanky frame around the small stage, occasionally making his way to the microphone to sing lines in an affectionate bleat. His soft, wispy curls, when the fan hit them just right, splayed out in radial fashion. In snapshots it would have made for a regal look, the rock-star ideal.The above review is from Japandroids' Friday, July 10th show at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery. They also played July 11th at Pianos (see photo above). What did you think of the shows?
But Mr. King, in an unstructured white blazer with the sleeves pushed up high on his forearms, was a cocksure dweeb, and what a relief that was.
"Make it as loud as you can," he told the sound engineer. "These kids need rock."
Like most of his banter, those lines could have been parodic, but they were utterly sincere, in keeping with the band's sunny gleam. [NY Times]
The band remains on tour across North America. Like Future of the Left who also just played 2 NYC-area shows, they'll be at Siren Fest this Saturday, July 18th.
Japandroids' debut, Post-Nothing, is being re-released August 4th on Polyvinyl, the band's new home. "Young Hearts Spark Fire" from that is above.
All tour dates, with two recent video segments on the band, below...
GARAGE BAND: Japandroids "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
Episode #84 - "Small Room, Big Sound (feat. Japandroids)"
Japandroids - 2009 Tour Dates
Jul 14 CLUB LAMBI MONTREAL, QC
Jul 15 OTTAWA BLUESFEST OTTAWA, ON
Jul 16 EL MOCAMBO TORONTO, ON
Jul 18 SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL CONEY ISLAND, NY
Jul 19 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO, IL
Jul 20 VAUDEVILLE MEWS DES MOINES, IA
Jul 21 HI-DIVE DENVER, CO
Jul 23 NEUROLUX BOISE, ID
Jul 25 CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY SEATTLE, WA
Jul 28 HOLOCENE PORTLAND, OR
Jul 29 BLUE LAMP SACRAMENTO, CA
Jul 30 SODA BAR SAN DIEGO, CA
Jul 31 SPACELAND LOS ANGELES, CA
Aug 01 HOWIE & SON'S VISALIA, CA
Aug 02 HEMLOCK SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Aug 07 RICKSHAW THEATRE VANCOUVER, BC
Aug 08 KEXP BBQ SEATTLE, WA