Japandroids Premiere New Songs in Vancouver, Confirm New Album Is Out "Soon"

Japandroids Premiere New Songs in Vancouver, Confirm New Album Is Out "Soon"
Photo: Joshua Peter Grafstein
Last night (October 5), Japandroids members Brian King and David Prowse stepped onstage in Vancouver together for the first time since 2013. The show was the first of a four-night stand at the Cobalt, and it showcased fan favourites and a clutch of cuts from an as-yet-undetailed third full-length album that band promised is "coming soon."

As explained in Exclaim!'s review of the concert, Japandroids kicked off the night with a lengthy piece from the new album called "Arc of Bar," a song King referred to as the "longest and weirdest song on new album." It featured textured electronic drum production, in addition to the duo's regular guitar-and-drum approach.

All told, five new songs were premiered at the Cobalt. The band themselves didn't say what any of the songs were called, but a set list confirms titles "Near to the Wild Heart," "True Love…," "No Known Drink or Drug" and "Midnight to Morning," the latter being a song on which Prowse sings lead vocals. It should be noted that while the band performed these new songs, the set as a whole didn't end up playing out exactly as the set list had been written.
 
Japandroids were mum about the specifics on the LP's creation, but opening act Needles//Pins noted that longtime local producer Jesse Gander (White Lung, Pack A.D.) had once again partnered with Japandroids in the studio. He'd previously sat behind the boards for 2009's Post-Nothing and 2012's Celebration Rock.

Below, you'll find a few fan-shot clips from last night's show, as well as the remainder of Japandroids' tour dates.

Tour dates:

10/06 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
10/07 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
10/08 Vancouver, BC - The Cobalt
10/11 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
10/15 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
10/20 London, UK - Birthdays
10/28 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
10/28 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
11/25 Mexico City, Mexico - Caradura

 
 

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