Japandroids are gushing forward with their comeback. After taking time making their follow-up to 2012's Celebration Rock, the Canadian rock duo are full speed ahead with Near to the Wild Heart of Life.
The album, which they announced at their pair of Brooklyn shows over the weekend, is officially out Jan. 27 on ANTI- Records. The band dropped its first single on Wednesday.
Japandroids have two new interviews out today that discuss the making of the new music. At Pitchfork, guitarist Brian King opened up about writing and cited Townes Van Zandt and Tom Waits as influences.
"In some ways, we’re approaching this like it’s our very first record. We’re removing all the self-imposed rules that led to the songs and the sound of our whole career up until now. When you do that, you can try anything."
In an interview with Stereogum, singer David Prowse explained that they went for a more sonically diverse direction with the new album:
"There’s a lot of talk about having more of a dynamic range within the album, like quieter parts and louder parts, rather than just plugging in and letting it rip at 10 the entire time. Same thing with tempos, having some songs that were a little slower, not just balls to the wall the entire time."
King also explained the he honed in on his lyrics by taking more time with them:
"I actually took a lot of that stuff that I disregarded in the past and later wrote one song where I tried to condense all of these ideas where it would have been ten songs into one song."
Here's the Near to the Wild Heart of Life tracklist:
1. "Near to the Wild Heart of Life"
2. "North East South West"
3. "True Love and a Free Life of Free Will"
4. "I’m Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)"
5. "Arc of Bar"
6. "Midnight to Morning"
7. "No Known Drink or Drug"
8. "In a Body Like a Grave"
Check out an old-school Fuse interview with Japandroids next: