BY SAMANTHA MULLETT
Sometimes unintended success is the greatest – our featured artist, Japandroids, is compromised of musicians Brian King and David Prowse who brought their garage drums and guitar together in 2006. The duo planned on disbanding after releasing (and not promoting) their first album, Post-Nothing. Despite their apathetic efforts, critics caught onto the Canadian-born album and they ranked No. 22 on Billiaboard’s Heatseekers chart. After the public nod welcomed Japandroids into the music sphere, they decided to stick around and recorded their second album in 2012 – Celebration Rock. The appropriately titled record has gained even further critic acclaim for the garage rock duo; Pitchfork gave the album a rare 9 out of 10, it made Ballast’s top 50 Canadian albums of all time, and landed the two-piece as Spin’s 2012 Band of the Year.
Sharing label space with of Montreal and STRFKR, they continually work on improving their sound and touring simultaneously. They’re best known for the anthem-like hit, “The House that Heaven Built” and the firework-spectacular that introduces “The Nights of Wine and Roses.” Currently in the U.K., they have high hopes for their global tour and will continue carrying their noise-punk across Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia over the next few months. They set foot on American soil this October for the Treasure Island Music Festival.
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