If you’re new to Japandroids, you’re in for a treat. This high energy Canadian rock band sure knows how to deliver an hour and a half of pure rock and roll that is sure to get you moving. Playing two sold-out nights at San Francisco’s The Independent, the two-piece wasted no time cruising through their set which highlighted half of their songs from their 2017 release, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”.
You can’t hide passion and these guys are no exception. Singer/guitarist Brian King and drummer/vocalist David Prowse have been playing together as Japandroids for the last 12 years. After that much time passes you start to go down one of two paths – you’re either in it for the money or you simply love what you do. From the first chord to the very last, it became apparent to me that Brian and David were in it for the love of music. It didn’t stop with just those two either. Having had a chance to have a brief conversation with their guitar/drum tech and watching their stage monitor tech do shots of tequila following a stage dive into the crowd, it was obvious that this whole unit was a band of brothers on the road doing what they love. And for that, I have a tremendous amount of respect.
Austin Newkirk is a San Francisco Bay Area photographer. You’ll likely find him in one of three places - out at the beach with his dog, Ky, at a brewery sipping on a stout, or out shooting your next favorite band.