On the first Friday in July, we’ll head off into the summer enthusiastically, with arms raised high and loudly singing along to anthemic choruses. The wild guitar-and-drums duo Japandroids, one of the best bands in contemporary indie rock, will visit us with their new album.
Three albums, three bullseyes. Post-Nothing (2009), Celebration Rock (2012) and last year’s Near to the Wild Heart of Life crowned the Canadians Japandroids as the kings of heartfelt rock tunes, best sung along to at the top of your longs, your friends by your side and a cold brew in your hand. Just play “The House That Heaven Built” or “Fire’s Highway” and stay still, if you can. A guitar, drums, a pair of vocals, Springsteen’s drive and the no-holds-barred attitude of garage punk madness – the perfect recipe for a great song.
With their “petite rock anthems that instil a sense of freedom” (Radio Študent), the energetic fellas first brought Šiška to a boiling point in 2012, the very year their Celebration Rock claimed Best Album of the Year title after title – SPIN even declared the duo the Band of the Year. After a heavy concert schedule, the pair took a few years off to recover, returning with their most polished studio album to date, influenced by Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and The National. “Like its predecessors, Near to the Wild Heart of Life again contains eight songs. That is because eight songs is the standard template for a great rock ‘n’ roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain in Light by Talking Heads, Master of Puppets by Metallice, etc.,” they say. It’s true. Just wait until July.
We’ll warm-up with young local four-piece The Mint, who like to make noise with a pair of gauitars, bass, drums and vocals. Their list of idols starts with Nirvana and other scuzzy sounds of the 1990s, and they’ve conquered many a Slovenian or foreign stage in addition to the mileage gained via our Špil liga high school band league.
Tickets on sale online and at Eventim sales outlets.
Organisation: Kino Šiška.