Japandroids Keep Fans Covered
Published Mar 27, 2010Japandroids are not fans of the between-album lull. Brian King and Dave Prowse may be on a never-ending tour, but they feel it's important to keep the new music coming. "There are a lot of people who discovered our album [Post-Nothing] in 2009," says King, "and we wanted to get new music out to those people." The answer is a five-part, seven-inch singles series. Beginning April 13, Polyvinyl will release a new Japandroids seven-inch every two months until December. King feels it's the best way to keep rolling out new tunes.
"In an era where it's getting harder and harder to come up with interesting ways to put out music and get people to buy music, I just thought this would be a cool thing," he says. "This year just presented a great opportunity for us. It became really obvious to us towards the end of last year that there was no possible way we'd be able to record a new album in the first half of the year."
The singles will consist of albums leftovers the band held on to, as well as some select covers. The first single will be "Art Czars" backed by "Racer X," by '80s industrial noise punks, Big Black. King says choosing covers was dependent on whether the song has been "covered to death" and if it can be covered by a two-piece without "sounding shitty." But more than anything, doing covers was a way to introduce Japandroids fans to some great music.
"[When I was a teenager] it was through Guns N' Roses cover album The Spaghetti Incident? that I learned so many different bands that are now some of my all-time favourites," King says. "We thought it could be like that for our fans."