Japandroids are back with a new album — listen to "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life" now

The LP is due January 27.

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click to enlarge Japandroids play Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on November 28, 2012. - Nicole Kibert © // elawgrrl.com
Nicole Kibert © // elawgrrl.com
Japandroids play Crowbar in Ybor City, Florida on November 28, 2012.

It's been a solid four years since Tampa Bay got a visit from Japandroids, but now we've got reason to believe it won't be much longer until their return. The Vancouver duo played a few hometown shows recently, and today they released a new song, "Near To The Wild Heart Of Life."


The familiarly triumphant, five-minute cut is the title track from a new album, set for release on January 27 via Anti- Records. A press release says the eight-track effort was written over the last few years in Vancouver, Toronto, New Orleans, and Mexico City. Jesse Gander — who recorded Japandroids' Post-Nothing and Celebration Rock — recorded most of the new album, and the tracks are sequenced specifically for the LP. 

Listen to that jam below, and call your local record store to see if they'll be carrying it on release day.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life Tracklisting:

01. Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

02. North East South West

03. True Love And A Free Life Of Free Will

04. I'm Sorry (For Not Finding You Sooner)

05. Arc Of Bar

06. Midnight To Morning

07. No Known Drink Or Drug

08. In A Body Like A Grave

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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