Saturday, 20 July 2013

Seen It>> Japandroids at Dingwalls, July 17 2013

With temperatures outside reaching the lower 30s, it was inside however, where there was a much more sweatier and claustrophobic environment.

Japandroids were in the UK to play a few shows before their slot at Latitude Festival, and the final UK shows on the tour of critically-acclaimed Celebration Rock. The sweltering conditions inside, meant for a stuffy show, that wasn’t going to hold back despite the intense heat.

Their extensive global touring hasn’t slowed them down, the two journeymen from British Columbia, who’d planned to call it a day before the success of their debut album, Post Nothing, play ever show like it’s their last. The opener “Fire’s Highway” starts off the crowd with the hollering of ‘woah ohs’ that seem a present fixture in every Japandroids song, whilst the nostalgia-filled “Younger Us” is an anthemic beast ready made for bigger venues than a modest Dingwalls, whilst “Wet Hair” saw the crowd bouncing up and down.

“Continuous Thunder”, with its military drumming, slowed down the relentless pace for a few minutes, before the rare “I Quit Girls” got an outing that was complete with a few improvised chord changes. The duo followed with their so-called “hit single”, “The House That Heaven Built”, where singer/guitarist Brian King called for “anything goes”, resulting in a surge of crowd surfers and stage divers. The set was ended their take on The Gun Club’s “For the Love of Ivy”.

This is Japandroids’ one final knockout blow before heading home to Canada to work on a new record and a well-earned rest, and no doubt they’ll coming back for more in later years. 

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