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After playing the last of their 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their critically acclaimed 2012 album Celebration Rock, Japandroids took a much needed break to rest and recover after their last show in November of 2013. The band would not play again for three years. This month, they made their triumphant return to the stage, playing intimate shows in Vancouver, LA, Toronto, London and NYC, in which they treated fans to their favorites from Celebration Rock and Post-Nothing, and previewed a handful of new, unreleased songs. Now, the band has announced their much anticipated third album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, out worldwide on Anti- this January 27, 2017.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, was written clandestinely throughout 2014 and 2015 in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City. It was (mostly) recorded by Jesse Gander (who had previously recorded both Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock) at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC (September-November, 2015). One song, True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will, was recorded by Damian Taylor during an exploratory recording session at Golden Ratio in Montreal, QC (February, 2015). The album was mixed by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT (May, 2016) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York, NY (July, 2016).

Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album is 8 songs. This is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock n roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain In Light by Talking Heads, Master Of Puppets by Metallica, etc.

Like Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock, the album was sequenced specifically for the LP. On Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, side A (songs 1-4) and side B (songs 5-7) each follow their own loose narrative. Taken together as one, they form an even looser narrative, with the final song on side B (song 8) acting as an epilogue.

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released January 27, 2017

All songs written by Japandroids, periodically throughout 2014-2015
in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City.

Lyrics by Brian King except 'Midnight To Morning' by Brian King and David Prowse.

Songs 1, 2, 4-8 recorded by Jesse Gander at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver, BC (September-November, 2015).
Produced by Jesse Gander & Japandroids.

Song 3 recorded by Damian Taylor at Golden Ratio in Montreal, QC (February, 2015).
Produced by Damian Taylor & Japandroids.

Mixing and Additional Production by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT (May, 2016).
Assisted by Greg Giorgio.

Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York, NY.
JAPANDROIDS

Brian King - Guitars, Lead Vocals (1-5, 7, 8), Back-up Vocals (6)
David Prowse - Drums, Lead Vocals (6), Back-up Vocals (1, 2, 5, 8)

Additional Vocals on 'Arc Of Bar' by Louise Burns, Melissa Gregerson, and Olga Straffon
PHOTOGRAPHY

FRONT COVER, BACK COVER (2016)
by Leigh Righton

WRITING, RECORDING (2014, 2015)
by Brian King and David Prowse

ON TOUR (2012-2013)
Photos by Brian King, David Prowse, Melissa Gregerson,
Lewis Lovely, Brent Wingen, Bob Smythe, Tom "Valentino" Rogers, and Jim Larson.
Additional photos by Leigh Righton, Jennilee Marigomen, and Trey Riedmayer

FRONT COVER, BACK COVER OF BOOK: ON TOUR (2012-2013)

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Track Name: Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
the future is under fire, the past is gaining ground
a continuous cold war between my home and my hometown
i was destined to die dreaming, when one day my best friend
with passion and pure provocation, summoned me and said:

you can't condemn your love, to linger here and die
can't leave your dreams to chance or to a spirit in the sky
may your heart always be ardent, your conscience always clear
and succumb to the city and surrender, baby, i'll be waiting here

and it got me all fired up, to go faraway
and make some ears ring from the sound of my singing, baby

so I left my home, and all I had
i used to be good, but now I'm bad

it was last call at my local, and i stalled saying goodbye
so the girl behind the bar came over, and she took me aside
she kissed me like a chorus, said give them hell for us
and last drink of the night, last night in town, baby, this one is on the house

and it got me all fired up, to go faraway
and make some ears ring from the sound of my singing, baby

so I left my home, and all I had
i used to be good, but now I'm bad

it was bedlam in my bed that night, and like a silent scream
my body broke out in a sweat from seeing you in dreams
you called out to me, i sang back to you
and all i remember was it sounded, baby, like all hell breaking loose

and it got me all fired up, to go faraway
and make some ears ring from the sound of my singing, baby

so I left my home, and all I had
i used to be good, but now I'm bad
Track Name: North East South West
bated breath and the guts to go
criss-crossing the continent, all aglow
leaving lovelorn, dating destiny
and living for the moment that she marries me

started this song in the southern states
rays by the river, sinning at the saint
hot and heavy when i hit the hay
in nola, usa

coast of california, the highway high
noise, narcotics, and the new york night
an unshaven shaman shaking down the day
and all manner of madness standing in my way

down in flames, with dice to roll
up in smoke, running roulette road
and man, america made a mess of me
when i messed with texas and tennessee

north east south west (coast to coast), baby, the trouble that I get into
north east south west (coast to coast), it ain't shit compared to loving you
north east south west (coast to coast), baby, the trouble that I get into
north east south west (coast to coast), it ain't shit, it's just kicks, and like the road i'm going on and on and on

flayed and gutted, so i've got to go
back home, hungry for a hand to hold
and no matter how much i fan the flames
canada always answers when i call her name

down and out, drinking dundas dry
up against the wall of a winter's night
toronto, i'm trusting you to cut the cane
cause i'm saving vancouver for a rainy day

north east south west (coast to coast), baby, the trouble that I get into
north east south west (coast to coast), it ain't shit compared to loving you
north east south west (coast to coast), baby, the trouble that I get into
north east south west (coast to coast), it ain't shit, it's just kicks, and like the road i'm going on and on and on

learn to let it go, baby
shake, rattle, and roll, baby
out of the city and scene
and into some trouble with me

we'll go north east south west
we'll go north east south west
we'll go north east south west
we'll go north east south west
Track Name: True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will
flesh is foreign, friends are far
debts run deep, sleep is minced or marred
and it's all out war for the soul between
dreams that are hungry and the fears that feed

but i'll carry it, by chariot, through blood and blows
under starless skies of fire into great unknown
living on the lam, and the frontier of
a free life of free will, for the thrill of your love

spill your secrets and paint my days
passion is your palette, your canvases cafes
and null my nights in the harbour and hell
of the cantina's counsel and meals of mezcal

plans to settle down, plans to up and split
plans loose as the morals we are planning with
baby, be the beast, but free what burdens be
and i'll love you, if you love me

all life long
until I'm gone

cigarettes, sorcery, and biblical sins
hangovers, heathens, harlots, and anti-heroines
the cabarets, the getaways, and the afterglow
a little money, and whatever is on the radio
plans to settle down, plans to up and split
plans loose as the morals we are planning with
baby, be the beast, but free what burdens be
and i'll love you, if you love me

all life long
until I'm gone
Track Name: I'm Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)
from every day at dawn
through to the dead of night

i'm sorry for not finding you sooner
i was looking for you all my life

from every day at dawn
through to the dead of night

i'm sorry for not finding you sooner
i was looking for you all my life

from every day at dawn
through to the dead of night

i'm sorry for not finding you sooner
i've been looking for you my whole life

from every day at dawn
through to the dead of night

i'm sorry for not finding you sooner
i've been looking for you my whole life

my whole life
i've been looking for you my whole life
all my life
Track Name: Arc Of Bar
hustlers, whores, in rooms galore, a sinking city's stink
an arc of bar, a flesh bazaar, of diamonds, dust, and drink
the jukebox jamming, the lions lambing, the jokers doing the dealing
and queens are over jacks, remember that, or catch a beating

the night had come into her own, and i made the arc of bar my home
beneath my clothes, just a bag of bones, under my skin, just skeletons
i was rolling like a pair of dice, one for laws and one for lies
but all of this i tried to hide, behind a glaze of sweat and fire

to some a mistress, to some a muse, something soft for something blue
she sussed my needs out of my dreams, and baptized me in flesh that seethes
then she lay me like a baby on bed of spanish moss
and for her love, i would help the devil to steal christ right off the cross

i lay blame on the arc of bar, and the hundred proof in me
but the arc, it blames the air, hundred percent humidity
well at least those damned mosquitoes that fall flounder to the flood
get a thimble full of whiskey with their paltry pint of blood (my blood)

this port of call, it ain't no port at all, but cap my cup and anchors up
the jokers, they tease another hand, but they're out of luck cause i'm out of town
and the sun, it’s like an omen, goading me toward the gospel
but i got no plans at all, except a drink as soon as possible

some men offer confession, for their souls and grace of god
for others, women offer mercy, and mosquitoes their applause
Track Name: Midnight To Morning
born to marry the bottle
in a ceremony that lasts forever
and cursed to carry on
abuzz and all alone
weak and weary
on the run and on the road
but if you'll hide me
and heal me in your sanctuary
i'll stay forever
so leave a light on
and i'll leave the bottle to its own

so many miles
so much to lose
devil by my side
right between us two
and i'm praying
those yellow lines on the I-5
bring me back home to you
Track Name: No Known Drink Or Drug
passport, past life, a drifter's demons
alone, lost, and fast running out of reasons
for not falling in with the foreign legion

cold kicking the can around town one evening
streets all abandoned, bars barely breathing
a whirlwind, a woman, and a famous feeling

a cool, hard beauty, christened with composure
boots, skirt, blouse, shawl over her shoulders
skin soft, lips coloured crimson clover

slow burning sermon, to have and hold her
but ever since she started sleeping over
oh lord, i'm living like a holy roller

red animal romance in the summer heat
in parks, on patios, and in the streets
on mission, making moments into memories
and when winter's off the leash, and on the loose
we ward off the weather with a witches' brew
of dominoes, and prose, and delta blues

and no known drink, no known drug
could ever hold a candle to your love
Track Name: In A Body Like A Grave
christ will call you out
school will deepen debt
work will sap the soul
hometown haunts what’s left

love will scar the heart
sun will burn the skin
just the way it is
and way it's always been

all in a lifetime, and all in a body like a grave

age is a traitor, and bit and bit
less lust for life, more talking shit
but remember there's heaven in the hellest of holes
and a drink for the body is a dream for the soul

well time will tell, but best beware
cause time is money, and money swears
so break the bank like you're breaking a bill
then love so hard that time stands still

if your name is shamed, or your love is lost
swap the city's lights for the southern cross
gather the gang, and make that night
an ultimatum to the universe, fuck or fight

from a mere mirage to the moment of
your cum of cums with your love of loves
it's all in a lifetime, but here and now
only god knows where, and devil knows how
all in a lifetime, and all in a body like a grave