Japandroids roar back with the frenzied title track to ‘Near to the Wild Heart of Life’


Earlier in the week we shared news of Japandroids upcoming third album, titled Near to the Wild Heart of Life and due out sometime in 2017.

Well, we try to not double up on band news here at Vanyaland, particularly on back-to-back days, but there are times when we make rare exceptions — like in the case of the powerful Vancouver duo, who indadvertedly created the blueprint for twenty-teens guitar rock with blitzing 2012 LP Celebration Rock (go ahead and try to tell us that “The House That Heaven Built” isn’t a Top-5 Song of the Decade).

We are excited.


So we follow up yesterday’s teaser with some more concrete details on Near to the Wild Heart of Life, and LP’s first single. The album will be out January 27 via Anti-, and the anthemic title track is now available to stream via Soundcloud.

“In some ways, we’re approaching this like it’s our very first record,” singer/guitarist Brian King tells Pitchfork. “We’re removing all the self-imposed rules that led to the songs and the sound of our whole career up until now. When you do that, you can try anything.”

In advance of the album hitting shelves both digital and physical, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” will be released as a 7-inch single with a cover of Talking Heads’ 1977 single “Love → Building on Fire” as the b-side.


Blast it below.