Over 200 concerts in 40 countries in only two years. Such are the figures of the Japandroids’s tour with their second album Celebration Rock that they themselves described as “endless”. Between 2012 and 2013 the Canadian duo devoted itself to the “tentacles of touring” (dixit Brian King, guitar) and, when they finished, they needed to decompress so much that it took them three years to get back on stage.
But when they did they came back much stronger. From this reconvening came Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, the “difficult third album” (dixit Brian, again) released last year. Difficult but with a story behind it: the title of this album comes from a passage from a James Joyce novel and they cite Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt as having influenced their lyrics and The National as their musical reference. From King’s six strings and David Prowse’s drumsticks eight new songs have emerged, which are as effervescent anthems as always, although this time embellished with synthesisers and new guitar dimensions. Sweat will definitely pour with the same intensity within four walls of La (2) de Apolo, their natural habitat, on 11th July. The boys are back in town!
La  de Apolo, Barcelona (Wednesday / 11-07-2018)