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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Japandroids tours for first time in Florida, stops at High Dive

Canadian indie-rock duo Japandroids will play at 9 p.m. tonight at High Dive. The band will be joined by support act Swearin’.

This show marks one of the band’s first live appearances in Florida, following its shows in Orlando Nov. 28 and Tampa Nov. 29. Japandroids is composed of guitarist/vocalist Brian King and drummer/vocalist Dave Prowse.

“We’re pretty excited,” Prowse said. “It’s rare for us now to have much uncharted territory within North America. Most towns we’ve played very often. Florida is exactly the opposite corner of North America from where we are in Canada. It’s just one of places that’s a little harder for us to get to. But it’s definitely been somewhere we’ve been looking forward to play for a while.”

Prowse said Japandroids has also received emails from fans asking the band to play in Florida.

The band is touring in support of its latest album, “Celebration Rock.” The album was released in June.

Tickets for the Japandroids show are available on www.ticketweb.com. Tickets cost $13 in advance and $15 at the door. There is a $2 younger-than-21 charge upon entry.

“Reception for the new record has been universally positive,” Prowse said. “We developed a really loyal following when we put out ‘Post-Nothing.’ When we were making this new record, I was just hoping to make a record I was really happy with. And I was hoping that people who liked ‘Post-Nothing’ would like this record too. It’s been kind of a surprise to me how much more popular this record is than ‘Post-Nothing.’”

Prowse said the biggest differences in making the new record were time, money and pressure. During the making of the band’s full-length “Post-Nothing,” the duo spent three days recording the songs and one day mixing. For “Celebration Rock,” the band was signed to a record label and had more money, as well as more pressure to deliver a good album.

The band recorded the album at The Hive studio in Vancouver with Jesse Gander. This was the same studio the band recorded its previous album. During the recording of “Celebration Rock,” the band was in and out of the studio for four or five weeks.

“We just wanted to make a better record,” Prowse said. “We wanted to make something we were really proud of, because we knew we were going to be judged on it.”

While the band is composed of only one guitarist and a drummer, Prowse said the band’s high-volume live shows are facilitated by King’s multiple amplifiers on stage. The multiple signals emitted from the amplifiers give the guitar a fuller sound than when produced by a single amplifier.

“I don’t think either of us are really interested in being particularly restrained or subtle,” Prowse said. “I think it’s just fun for us to play music loud and fast, with a lot of energy. That’s what came naturally to us.”

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The band will continue its North American tour until its last stop in Vancouver on Dec. 22 .

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