JAPANDROIDS – ” Massey Fucking Hall June 19th “

Posted: May 31, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Japandroids

Japandroids records are few and far between, but then again they’ve always been more of a live band. Over the course of just over a decade together, the Vancouver duo have only released three albums and a series of loose early singles, all of which translate equally well to their electric live set.

On June 19th, that live energy will be widely accessible for the first time on streaming platforms, as Japandroids will be releasing a full LP of live recordings spanning their entire career (again, that’s only three albums, but still). Massey Fucking Hall, named after the Toronto venue where the hour-long setlist was recorded, will be released in June with a vinyl release slated for October 12th.

“We never thought we’d have the opportunity to play at Massey Hall,” drummer David Prowse shared in a press release. “It’s the most legendary venue in Canada by far, but it didn’t seem like a natural spot for a band like us to play. It’s a 100+ year old seated theatre, which isn’t the usual type of spot you expect to see Japandroids. Honestly, when we got off the stage that night, I remember feeling a sense of relief and exhilaration, but the whole thing felt like a bit of a blur. It was a very emotional show for me. We were both pretty nervous getting up on that stage.”

The band is also offering a taste of what the LP has to offer this morning with a pre-release single of their Post-Nothing track “Heart Sweats,” one of Japandroids’ favorite live staples. “It’s just got a great sense of momentum and never fails to get me hyped,” Prowse added of the single. “During that tour we were playing it second or third in the set. It consistently feels like the moment in the set where I just get that sense of ‘oh yeah we’re cooking now,’ and everything just locks in and we’re ripping through the rest of the set.”

Sometimes, you just have to laugh. As Japandroids thrashed through their perennial set closer The House That Heaven Built at Toronto’s fabled Massey Hall back in 2017, Brian King did just that. “That song went off, and the kids in the front couldn’t help themselves any longer,” the guitarist recalls. “They started climbing up and trying to stage dive. You have to remember, you don’t stage dive at Massey Hall.”

You can hear him cracking up as clear as day on Japandroids’ new live record, which feels like a culmination of sorts for King and his drummer bandmate Dave Prowse. After almost 15 years of kicking out jams that cross Hüsker Dü’s bullish melodicism with the wastoid barroom rock of the Replacements, Massey Fucking Hall is an out and out ‘Look at me, ma!’ blowout for the Vancouver duo.

“Heart Sweats” by Japandroids from the album ‘Massey Fucking Hall,’ available June 19th.

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