A ‘Celebration’ for two
Japandroids’ success has found them graduating from the smaller clubs from which their stage-dives and bro-hugs aesthetic was born into much larger rooms, on an exhaustive tour that will bring them for the first time to Australia, Korea and, of course, Japan.
“I feel like we live on the road,” drummer and vocalist Dave Prowse says from Tampa. “We just tend to tour pretty hard, and not really take a lot of breaks and just keep going. I think because we were kind of a struggling local band for two years, as soon as we got the opportunity to tour and see a lot of places, we had a hard time saying no to anything.”
In the early days, working as a two-piece made that sort of schedule a lot more feasible, he says: “When we first started, it was us in a Ford Explorer. It was a lot easier to make that work with two people. … In a six-piece, it’s probably harder to convince six people to go on road for two years.”
That doesn’t mean that he and guitarist Brian King don’t still have their share of disagreements, but they’re on the same page about most things.
“You can’t put anything to a vote, so if you disagree about something you just have to figure it out. We have pretty similar ideas about [the] trickier situations that bands have to make with respect to things like licensing music for advertisements — which is a big thing for a lot of bands, but neither of us are interested in doing that, so it’s easy to say no to that.”
The house that Japandroids built
The higher profile of the band’s second album, “Celebration Rock,”?has brought with it bigger crowds and a new set of logistical concerns for such an intimate-punk venue style act.
“A big thing for us as a two-piece is trying to fill that space on a stage that big,” Prowse says of clubs they had played before, but never as the headliner.
“That’s definitely part of the reason why we brought someone in to do lights, just to help give people something to see, especially when you’re a little farther from the audience. Normally when we tour, we’re playing intimate rooms, places that have 500 rather than 1,000 plus. It’s a bit of a learning curve for sure.”