So how did two guys (Brian King/guitar and David Prowse/drums) from Vancouver, B.C. end up naming their band Japandroids? It was the combination of two other possible band names - Japanese Scream (Prowse) and Pleasure Droids (King).
King and Prowse were students at University of Victoria (on Vancouver Island) when they started working together in '06. Choosing to forego finding a frontman (or even a bassist) the two decided to share vocal duties. The group's debut, "Post-Nothing" was issued in '09. But the supporting tour was cut short when King was taken to Calgary's Foothills Medical Centre to undergo emergency surgery for a life-threatening perforated ulcer. He recovered and the group returned to the road.
After testing new material during a small venue North American tour the Japandroids recorded their third set, "Celebration Rock."
The album garnered widespread acclaim and was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize and was nominated for the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. It reached #37 on the Billboard 200 chart.
A single from the album, "The House That Heaven Built," was temporarily named the entrance theme for the Vancouver Canucks professional hockey team.
Following the Celebration Rock tour, the band was largely inactive until it was announced that they would be touring again and recording. Japandroids third studio album, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life," produced by Jesse Gander, was released in '17.
2010 No Singles
2012 Celebration Rock
2017 Near To The Wild Heart Of Life
Call it lo/fi or Garage Rock, Japandroids generate a gleefully unhinged sound. It's like a guitarist and drummer messing around in the basement waiting for the bass player to arrive. And since the lead singer is also late, they have a go at vocals. There is a lot of energy as if fueled by many beers - not always a bad thing.