Japandroids finally have some new music out and people are overjoyed

Japandroids have released new music for the first time in four years. ‘Near To The Wild Heart Of Life’ is the title track of their forthcoming album, but more than that it’s the fist-raising summer anthem you need in your life right now.

“I used to be good, but now I’m bad,” singer/guitarist Brian King declares, as drummer Dave Prowse launches into another huge fill. It’s an epic return to put it mildly, and people are losing their goddamn minds. Listen below.

“In some ways, we’re approaching this like it’s our very first record,” King says of the new album, which will be released in January through Pod/Inertia. “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.”

Like the band’s first two records, Celebration Rock and Post-Nothing, and pretty much every classic rock album – from Born to Run to Master Of PuppetsNear To The Wild Heart Of Life features just eight tracks. It’s out on January 27.

Japandroids are playing Fairgrounds and Meredith Music festivals in December, along with sold-out shows at The Tote in Melbourne and Red Rattler in Sydney. Tickets are still available for Fairgrounds Festival, for details click here.

(Photo by Leigh Righton)