Japandroids played the last show of their U.S. tour at Chop Suey last Tuesday evening to an enthusiastic crowd. Before starting the set, guitarist Brian King asked the audience to â€œcome down here and get wild.â€ If the crowd was a little hesitant at first, King and drummer David Prowse more than made up for it with â€œThe Boys are Leaving Townâ€, complete with head-banging and a wind machine that made King look as if he was in the midst of a photo shoot.
The beginning of the set sounded a bit thin (a bassist would have been a welcome addition to the live performance) compared to Japandroidâ€™s excellent first full-length album, Post-Nothing. Prowse and King gained some momentum a few songs later with an extended version of â€œHeart Sweatsâ€. Prowseâ€™s drumming looked like it was in stop-motion, if that gives any indication of his considerable talent. Although this was one of the stronger songs of the set, the three minute song was extended to a rather self-indulgent ten minutes. The crowd certainly wasnâ€™t complaining, however, as they continued dancing frenetically to the next few songs, â€œYoung Hearts Spark Fireâ€ and â€œCrazy/Foreverâ€.
Much to the crowdâ€™s surprise, Japandroids bucked the trend of the automatic encore and brought the set to an end with â€œSovereignty.â€ From the red, sweaty faces piling out of Chop Suey and the band membersâ€™ drenched shirts, it looked like the right decision.
Japandroids: Young Hearts Spark Fire [mp3]
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