Tuesday New Music: Near to the Wild Heart of Life by Japandroids

Japandroids: Near to the Wild Heart of Life

After three very long and somber years the dynamic duo from north of the border are back to rock our faces clean off.  Their new single Near to the Wild Heart of Life provides the same rhythmic pacing and sugary sweet hooks from the Japandroids that have been missing from the scene for years.  The first cut sounds like an updated and expanded Replacements song in the most beautiful sense, with shimmering guitars and a chorus that won’t leave your head without pliers.  Perfectly stated, the song speaks of the battle between the desire to stay happy at home or head out on the road to pursue ones dream, something I think had been gnawing at the boys for a while.  It is a killer listen and I can’t wait to get some more pieces of what I can assume be one of the best albums of the year.

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