After their success in Europe and America, the Canadian rock band Japandroids is taking the world by storm, and this time they’re going far East. Here’s a little chat with David Prowse of the duo before embarking on their scheduled 2013 Asia tour, which will include the Laneway Festival in Singapore.
+ On December last year, Spin Magazine named Japandroids as Band of The Year 2012, how do you feel about that?
- Well um, obviously it’s really flattering whenever you get praised like that by anyone, but I don’t really read a lot of press to be honest with you, although I was definitely aware that they’re so nice to us. I think a lot of that stuff still feels pretty surreal to our career. We got a lot of praise obviously for Post Nothing, back in 2009 or 2010, so when we came up with this record, it’s a little less strange I think this time around, but at the same time it’s still pretty surreal.
+ What a way to end the year yeah?
- Yeah definitely, I mean we done a lot of touring, so it’s really an exciting year for us. We spent basically all 2011 just working on Celebration Rock, and we’re pretty isolated at that time, so we kinda laid low, did a bit of touring, but not very much, mostly we just work on the record and last year we toured all over the place, and obviously gotten really growing reviews from a lot of influential publication, so it’s been a really exciting year for us.
+ I’m gonna talk about Laneway Festival now, it kicks off on January 26 in Singapore, and this will be your first time playing Laneway right?
- Yeah, it’ll be the first time for us to play pretty much everywhere on this tour, we played one show last summer, in Japan we played the Fuji Rock Festival, which was in July, and that’s the only time we’ve been to Japan, and we haven’t been anywhere else on tour, so we haven’t play Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, any of those places before, so it’s a lot of first for us.
+ You’re really excited I reckon?
- Yeah definitely, touring is what we love to do, and being in new places is part of the most exciting aspects of touring, so yeah, we really looking forward to it.
+ Are you excited to see anyone in particular in Laneway?
- I’m definitely really excited to see Divine Fits, I’ve been a huge fan of everything Dan Boeckner has ever done so I’m really excited to see them. Of Monsters and Men is a great band as well, Cloud Nothings is playing I believe as well, and that’s another great band. There’s also a lot bands that to be honest I’m not really familiar with, and hopefully since we’re touring together for a while I’d get the chance to check out some of the other bands that I’m not really familiar with, should be pretty fun.
+ What can we expect from Japandroids in this year’s Laneway Festival?
- I think we really try hard to outdone our live shows, and we just play with as much energy as we can and play loud and play fast, so I hope people respond to that, we don’t really know if people are really aware with our band in those parts of the world, so hopefully people there will respond to our music the same way they do in Europe and North America, and we’ll get some rowdy crowd and have some really sweaty fun good time.
+ I bet you guys will, anyways, would you like to say something to the fans in Jakarta?
- – Yeah, we’re really hoping to get to play in Indonesia at some point, I hope it’ll come true sometime around this year if we’re lucky, we’d really love to play there.
+ + And we’d love to have you here, thanks for having us by the way, and have fun at the festival and touring around this part of the world!
– Oh yeah, thanks, I’m really looking forward to it.
Catch Japandroids at the Laneway Festival in Singapore this January 26 2013.