Japandroids tour dates
Comprised of Canadians Brian King on guitar and David Prowse on drums, the Vancouver-based garage rock band Japandroids combines elements of alternative rock and punk to create a fresh, aggressive sound that electrifies fans around the world with hits such as "The House That Heaven Built" and "Near to the Wild Heart of Life." The Japandroids tour spans stops at venues across North America, Europe, Australia and beyond, rocking audiences around the world with highly energetic performances.
Japandroids traces its roots back to 2000, when Brian King and David Prowse met and became friends while attending the University of Victoria. Conscious of their shared passion for music from the start, they were finally able to make their dream of forming a band together a reality in 2006, once they had both graduated and reunited in Vancouver. Although they had originally intended to find a vocalist to turn their duo into a trio, the logistical challenges of doing so prevented them and they chose to persevere as a two-piece band, sharing vocals between them.
The early years were not easy for the band, as they found little support for live music in Vancouver and often felt compelled to plan and set up their own independent concerts, relying on the help of friends to do so. The duo self-released two EPs in these early years, creating just 500 copies of All Lies in 2007 and another 500 copies of Lullaby Death Jams in 2008.
On the brink of disbanding in 2009, Japandroids was picked up in the nick of time by Unfamiliar Records, an independent Canadian label, which released the band's April 2009 debut album, Post-Nothing. A turning point came when the album was promoted heavily by Pitchfork Media, which tagged Post-Nothing for inclusion among its Best New Music picks. This led to increased international exposure for the band and a new record deal with Polyvinyl Record Co. in June 2009.
Japandroids' later discography
As the band's star rose, it released its 2010 compilation album, No Singles, which combined their earlier EPs, All Lies and Lullaby Death Jams. In the years that followed, the band continued its focus on singles and promotion, which it achieved through heavy bouts of international touring. It wasn't until June 2012 that their sophomore album, Celebration Rock, hit music store shelves. It quickly became apparent that this was the band's breakthrough album as it swiftly rose to No. 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's most recent album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, arrived on the scene in 2017, rising to No. 76 on the Billboard 200.
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