CRITICALLY acclaimed Canadian duo Japandroids will be bringing their unique slice of garage rock to the stage in Nottingham.
Hailing from Vancouver, Japandroids are Brian King and Dave Prowse, and they made a big splash with their 2009 debut record Post Nothing which NME placed in their top 50 records of that year.
They return next month with second album Celebration Rock and Prowse told theMail they were looking forward to UK fans getting to hear the fruits of their labours.
He said: “The record’s been done for a few months now, and we’ve been playing some of these new songs live for a while already, so it’s exciting to get our new album out for people to hear.
“We’re really looking forward to going on the road again.We really love touring, and it’s been a while since we’ve been in the UK. We’re very excited to be playing over there again.”
The acclaim that met Japandroids debut album hasn’t seen them rest on their laurels with Celebration Rock.
Prowse said on the face of it the recordmay be similar but he said there is a lot more going on below the surface.
“Well a lot of things are the same,” Prowse admitted. “It’s still just the sound of the two of us in a room together.
“We didn’t bring in any hired gun session musicians—we didn’t bring in some big shot ‘producer’ or record in some fancy studio.
“It was done with Jesse Gander at the Hive studios, just like Post- Nothing. At the same time, we’re in a completely different place now with this record.
“When we made Post-Nothing we were making something for ourselves and had no expectations about it being heard outside of Vancouver.
“This time around we were very aware that a lot of people were going to hear this record and that we might end up playing these songs a lot over the next few years.
“I think that helped usmake the best record we could make but it also made the whole process a lot more stressful.”
The first single release from Celebration Rock is the terrific The House That Heaven Built which has whetted the appetite massively for the band’s long-player.
Prowse said: “After we had finished the album, it just seemed like the obvious choice for the single. It was actually one of the last songs we wrote, so it kind of snuck up from behind.
“For a long time we had been planning on making Evil’s Sway the single. But honestly, we’re very proud of the album as a whole and we will be playing every song from it every night on tour.”
Looking ahead Prowse said he wasn’t bothered with sales success or meeting expectations, even though they are admittedly high.
He said: “I think any musician just hopes that every album they make is better than the last one.
“After receiving somuch praise for Post-Nothing, which was totally unexpected, we were definitely aware that a lot of people were going to hear Celebration Rock, and that a lot of people had some pretty high expectations.
“We worked on these songs for a long time and tried to make the best album we were capable of making.
Hopefully people will like these new songs as much as we like them.”
Japandroids play Nottingham Bodega Social Club on Saturday, May 26. See the venue for tickets.