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.
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.
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
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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