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Introducing... Japandroids

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

They might not have a mobile phone but Vancouver's hottest punk rock pairing have the open road, degrees in earth science and one of the underground albums of 2009.

Japandroids arrive to play shows in the UK in October

Very few people are immediately uncontactable in this day and age.

Want to speak to Lily Allen? Twitter her. Want to message Arctic Monkeys? MySpace them. Want to chat with your Nan? Text her.

One of the things which sets Vancouver, Canada's DIY-pop pairing Japandroids apart from the crowd - other than their rustic racket - is that lead singer Brian doesn't own a mobile phone.

"I'm the last person that I know who doesn't have one, it's really not convenient in certain ways when you play in a band," he laughs down a crystal clean landline [remember those?].

"Every person I know is so attached to their mobile phone, whenever there's a break from any kind of social activity they're texting or reading messages but they can never seem to get away from it.

"There's definitely a sense of freedom of just not having to worry about it."

Band beginnings


Ok, so it's not that extraordinary, but it is unusual.

Unusual too that just two people, guitarist and singer Brian King and drummer David Prowse, make such a monstrous noise between them.

They met whilst studying at university [Dave is a qualified anthropologist and Brian is an ocean sciences graduate] and incessantly plotted about being in a band.

"We didn't even own instruments when we were going to school," he notes.

"If you asked me at any point in my life what I wanted to be I would always have said for lack of another word, Rock star.

"I idolised and fantasised about music and bands more than anything else."

That was 2006. Two EPs and three years later they're distributing one of north America's most talked about underground albums - Post-Nothing, a scratchy hook-laden marvel and tons of fun to boot.

"It was actually quite a big challenge to record it and wasn't very much fun at the time," recalls King.

Still working nine to five jobs, they'd squeeze in overnight sessions at a local studio in order to get it finished.

"I'd be tired, exhausted and miserable because was counting down all day long, looking at the clock waiting so that I could get out of there.

"Whatever take we screwed up the least amount that would be the one that went on [the album]."

Japandroids, the facts

WHAT:Vancouver's scratchy rock racket

FOR FANS OF:Blood Red Shoes, No Age, Husker Du, Blink 182

DOWNLOAD:Heart Sweats

LIVE: Commence a UK in October<>

The product of their midnight toil is a flagrant mix of Husker Du, Blood Red Shoes, and in King's howl, Feeder.

"In our mind we're a mixture of 50 years of rock 'n' roll. We steal from 60s rock 'n' roll, 70s, 80s, 90s. We'll steal from it all.

"We don't listen to a lot of the same bands though. For example, Dave hates The Smiths, hates Morrissey, never listens to it, refuses to let me listen to it on tour."

Just one of the downsides when you lack any other band mates.

"I'm not going to lie to you, it's not easy," he says. "Especially this tour where we did the whole thing just the two of us, all the driving all the logistics, all the playing.

"When you don't have any other people it can be a real struggle both physically and mentally."

UK debut

After laying waste to the States this autumn they hit the road in Europe in October and Brian's just as excited about motoring around the country as he is playing their debut shows.

"I've just always loved driving. I don't know what it is. I love having the window down, I love having music on, I love being behind the wheel.

"If I had some time off and another band wanted a driver for their tour, that would be a really good job for me. I'd drive for Future Of The Left."

Are you reading Future Of The Left? If so, don't call the mobile.


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