hmv's Albums of the Year 2017 - Japandroids
2017 is almost at an end, but what a year it's been for music! There have been so many great records across the year, and, to celebrate, hmv have rounded up 50 of the best of them for our guide to the best albums of 2017. It's available to pick-up in store now and, to coincide, we're going to be running interviews with some of the artists who've made the cut.
Today it's the turn of Canadian rock duo Japandroids, who served up one of our albums of the year in January with their third full-length offering Near to the Wild Heart of Life...
Congratulations! You’re one of hmv’s albums of the year, how does it feel?
"Feels good! Always nice to hear that people dig the record."
How do you look back on the making of Near To The Wild Heart Of Life? Was it a difficult album to make?
"This record feels like a really big turning point for us. When we first finished all of our touring for Celebration Rock, we were at a bit of a loss as far as what to do next and felt a bit boxed in by our sound. So there was a fair amount of time sort of stumbling through the wilderness and trying out a lot of ideas and exploring the possibilities of the studio. It was a long process making this album, but a very inspiring and exciting process for the most part. By the end of it, both Brian and I felt much more comfortable in the studio and felt like we had expanded our sound to the point where we feel much more freedom to do whatever we want on the next record."
What was the first song that came together for the album?
"'Midnight to Morning' and 'True Love and a Free Life of Free Wil'” were the first two songs we had finished. I can’t remember which one of those came first. They more or less were written at the same time way back at the end of 2014."
What’s your favourite memory of making the album?
"We rented a house in New Orleans for a month at the end of 2014 to start writing for this record. It was a very inspiring getting to explore that city, and was so much fun to set up our gear in a house and play music every day. I love that city. It just breathes music."
If you had to choose a favourite song from the album, could you?
"'Arc of Bar' is probably my favourite. That song is just so different from what we’ve done in the past, and it was written in such a strange way and was such a fun journey to take it from a set of lyrics with no music to what it ended up becoming."
Finally, apart from your own LP, what’s been your favourite album of 2017?
"All of My Bodies by Holy Hum. It’s a beautiful record made by one of the best musicians in Vancouver."