How can so much brilliant sound come from two people? If you’ve heard anything of the thunderous rock of Japandroids — the duo of Brian King (guitars/vocals) and David Prowse (drums/vocals) — you’d have some clue to the answer. One part Bruce Springsteen and two parts Replacements with more than a dash of punk rock thrown in for good measure, Japandroids brought spectacle and inspired energy to Rams Head Live in Baltimore Monday night!
The set started off with a seemingly old recording of a man discussing the virtues (or perhaps warning of the pitfalls — it was hard to understand) of rock music until the dark stage slowly came to life to the opening track of their latest LP, Near to the Wild Heart of Life. As the duo faced each other on the stage framed by stacks of amplifiers, the floor shook while the crowd got as rowdy and sweaty as Prowse and King (who seemed to be dripping with sweat as soon as he hit the stage).
Here is the official video of “North East South West” from the album Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids on YouTube:
Over the next hour and a half, Japandroids played their brand of booze-soaked rock with abandon. As Brian thanked the crowd for “coming out on a school night,” it was clear that the thanks was all to Japandroids for a spirited show that none present would ever forget! Japandroids continue their tour through November. Catch them here at a town near you.
According to Setlist.com, the set included:
Near to the Wild Heart of Life+
Arc of Bar+
North East South West+
True Love and a Free Life of Free Will+
Midnight to Morning+
I’m Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)+
The Nights of Wine and Roses*
No Known Drink or Drug+
Young Hearts Spark Fire^
The House That Heaven Built*
+Near to the Wild Heart of Life (6)
*Celebration Rock (5)
Here are some more pictures of Japandroids performing at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Oct. 30, 2017. All photos copyright and courtesy of David LaMason.