Song of the Day: Japandroids – Heavenward Grand Prix

Japandroids at Sasquatch 2010 - photo by James Bailey

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Todays selection, featured on the Midday show with Cheryl Waters, is “Heavenward Grand Prix” by Japandroids from their 2010 7″ single on Polyvinyl Record Co.

Japandroids – Heavenward Grand Prix (MP3)

Vancouver’s Japandroids are no strangers to the KEXP airwaves. The wonderfully loud and fuzzed-out duo of Brian King and David Prowse have made countless appearances in our studios and on our stages over the years. Following the formula of their previous 7″-single “Younger Us”, their latest vinyl release also features a song from their amazing 2008 debut Post Nothing (in this case “Heavenward Grand Prix”) and another cover song (in this caseĀ PJ Harvey’s Uh Huh Her single “Shame”). Even if you’ve never heard the Japandroids before, and we can’t imagine you haven’t at this point if you’re a KEXP listener, it’s easy to be swept up by the infectious energy and blue-collar attitude this band exudes. Rarely will you see a two-piece make this much noise; their creative use of amps, guitar work, and dual vocals will leave you wondering where the rest of the band is. Watching the Japandroids is almost like being a musician and watching your little brother grow up fumbling around on your electric guitar. The next thing you know, he’s on stage playing to a sold out crowd and you’re wondering what the hell happened. Japandroids are one of those fortunate bands who don’t have to try so hard to do what they love; it just kinda comes naturally.

Japandroids don’t have any shows scheduled yet for 2011 on their website and MySpace page, but no doubt they’ll hit the road again in the not too distant future. If you want to see the band in action now, though, check out the awesome blast-from-the-recent-past video of the guys playing the song “Crazy/Forever” at the 2009 KEXP BBQ:

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