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by Andrew Frisciano
The first of Japandroids' two NYC, CMJ-week shows was a Thursday night (10/22) double bill with Real Estate at Glasslands' Death+Taxes party. Singer/guitarist Brian King noted that the show was a year to the week since their first ever NYC appearance, and he held up two fingers to indicate the number of attendees. The packed floor at Glasslands counted many more - undoubtedly a credit to the live show King and drummer David Prowse put on. With a huge full-stack behind him, King strategically set up a floor fan at the foot of the stage to create an ersatz wind tunnel for his flowing locks. The venue was just below sweltering, but it was one of the showmanship touches throughout the set. The band unappologetically sings its pop-punk hooks as two-man gang vocals, cue not lost on the attendees. "Young Heart Spark Fire," among the best of the band's sing-alongable songs, sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Japandroids' played their second CMJ-week show on Friday, October 23rd, a showcase for their label, Polyvinyl, with Cale Parks, Headlights, Owen, Asobi Seksu and James Husband. Their current tour plans include UK shows with A Place to Bury Strangers and a West Coast-centered run with Surfer Blood. All dates and the rest of the pictures below...
Japandroids - 2009 Tour Dates
Oct 27 MADAME JOJO'S (WHITE HEAT) LONDON, ENG
Oct 28 ROUGH TRADE EAST (INSTORE) LONDON, ENG
Oct 29 HOXTON SQUARE (MOSHI MOSHI) LONDON, ENG
Oct 30 BARFLY LONDON, ENG
Nov 06 SOCIAL NOTTINGHAM, ENG !
Nov 07 FLAPPER BIRMINGHAM, ENG !
Nov 08 BARFLY CARDIFF, WAL !
Nov 09 WHELANS DUBLIN, IRE !
Nov 11 AUNTIE ANNIE'S BELFAST, NIR !
Nov 12 CAPTAIN'S REST GLASGOW, SCT !
Nov 13 SNEAKY PETE'S EDINBURGH, SCT
Nov 14 MOHO LIVE MANCHESTER, ENG !
Nov 15 COCKPIT LEEDS, ENG !
Nov 20 BILLIKEN CLUB ST. LOUIS, MO #
Nov 21 SLOWDOWN OMAHA, NE #
Nov 22 LARIMER LOUNGE DENVER, CO
Nov 25 CASBAH SAN DIEGO, CA #
Nov 27 ECHO LOS ANGELES, CA #
Nov 29 RICKSHAW STOP SAN FRANCISCO, CA #
Nov 30 HOLOCENE PORTLAND, OR #
Dec 01 CHOP SUEY (AA) SEATTLE, WA #
Dec 02 BILTMORE CABARET VANCOUVER, BC #
! w/ APTBS
# w/ Surfer Blood