Anti- Record’s own Japandroids has been a band I’ve wanted to see live since the release of Celebration Rock on Polyvinyl Records back in 2012. Needless to say, I was beyond ready to see the band in support of their newest Anti- release, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when walking into The Fonda that night. All I knew was that Japandroids previously played 2 nights at The Echo in Los Angeles back in October, which means 2 nights at a 350 capacity room. Now, just a few months later, the band was headlining 2 back-to-back nights at The Fonda Theatre, adding up to 1,200 a night. That increase in room size is absolutely astounding, and in just 5 short months as a result of a new album? Celebration Rock drew the attention to the 2 piece band, but Near To The Wild Heart Of Life launched them into a new audience reach.
That’s another thing – back in 2012, I heard all the buzz about Celebration Rock, but nothing about the band itself, so when I showed up at The Fonda a couple Friday night’s ago, I was shocked to find out that Japandroids consisted of 2 guys. Together they produced the sound of a 4 piece arena band with a second guitarist and a bassist; their sound was miraculously powerful, beating deep into your chest and resounding in your bones.
Give both Celebration Rock and Near To The Wild Heart Of Life a listen, and if the albums don’t wow you via recording, please, give these 2 guys a chance live. They may truly take you by surprise.