Photo by Ben Kaye
The new effort marks the band’s third to date following 2012’s Celebration Rock and 2009’s Post-Nothing. It was written throughout 2014 and 2015 in Vancouver, the band’s hometown, as well as Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City, and recorded at Vancouver’s Rain City Recorders by Jesse Gander, who’d worked on both previous LPs. Japandroids served as co-producers.
Among the eight tracks are “Arc of Bar”, “No Known Drug or Drink”, “Midnight to Morning”, and the title track, all of which were debuted during Japandroids’ comeback tour last fall. In a statement, the two-piece of Brian King and David Prowse detailed why they chose to include eight songs (hint: it has to do with Metallica and Bruce Springsteen) and how they decided on the sequence of the album:
“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.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.
Near to the Wild Heart of Life Artwork:
Near to the Wild Heart of Life Tracklist:
01. Near to the Wild Heart of Life
02. North East South West
03. True Love and a Free Life of Free Will
04. I’m Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)
05. Arc of Bar
06. Midnight to Morning
07. No Known Drink or Drug
08. In a Body Like a Grave