Japandroids Almost Quit Music, Instead Made Celebration Rock in Nashville
Fans of Vancouver duo Japandroids have a lot to celebrate with the band's latest, Celebration Rock finally available. But the record almost never happened. The duo's debut, Post-Nothing was supposed to be the period, rather than a comma in their career.
"By the end of 2008 we had stopped practicing, stopped working on songs, stopped booking shows, pretty much stopped everything but trying to get the record pressed," the band's singer-guitarist Brian King tells Spinner. "And even then we weren't going to play any songs to support it.
That all changed after the album was embraced by both critics and fans, forcing the band to scrap breakup plans and hit the road.
"Touring was the last thing we really wanted to do and didn't," says King. "We said, 'Let's see if we can turns this into one tour.' And of course one tour turned into two, turned into three turned into going to Europe -- 18 months of straight touring."
Yet in the midst of playing all those shows, the subject of a follow-up was never discussed. It wasn't until the end of 2010, when King along with drummer David Prowse realized they'd maxed out on touring Post-Nothing and would need to come up with new material if they wanted to stay on the road.
"It wasn't til that time that we said, 'Well, are we going to call it like we always planned to, or do we like touring and playing shows enough that its worth trying to do another record to see if we can keep touring?' So that's what we decided to do."
All that touring changed the band's approach to writing says King. "When you're just a local band making music, the mindset of writing and performing songs is different then when you're