Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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. Today’s selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids from the 2012 album Celebration Rock on Polyvinyl.
Vancouver, BC, duo Japandroids have been no strangers to KEXP listeners over the years. Formed in 2006, the band started as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King (guitar) and David Prowse (drums), and only three years later, the band had already created an amazing debut album (Post Nothing) that ended on quite a few year-end Top Albums lists, many of them here from the staff at KEXP. Flash forward three more years and the boys have finally released their highly anticipated Sophomore LP, Celebration Rock. A bang-up collection of rocked-out anthemic songs just in time for beers with your buddies this summer. Our featured song “The House That Heaven Built” is a gnarly assault of arena rock guitars, raw-sounding vocals, and that trademark explosive drumming. The Japandroids are back and this very well could be the next soundtrack to the summer.
Get ready to see them live, because Japandroids are about to hit the road and will be in Seattle on June 11 at Neumos. Tickets are available. You can find out more on the band’s website and catch up with the guys on their Facebook page. For now, here’s a recent live version of the song from SXSW, and yes, their version of the Nick Cave song kicks ass also: