Quickie Interview: Japandroids' David Prowse
Finish this sentence: "In June 2009, I was...."
Well, if you're one of the two members of the Vancouver-based rock duo Japandroids, you've been on tour since then. In anticipation of their full-length Post-Nothing, Japandroids guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse hit the road in support of their upcoming debut. Now, nearly sixteen months later they're still on the road, having played nearly 250 shows in more than 20 different countries.
With a show this coming Sunday at Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa (playing alongside PS I Love You and Makeout Videotape) the fellas are spreading the word of their upcoming 7". Available November 16th on Polyvinyl Records, the single features an A-side of the single "Heavenward Grand Prix" and a B-side cover of PJ Harvey's "Shame."
Heard Mentality caught up with drummer David Prowse while on the road for a Quickie.
OC Weekly (Justin Shady): You've been on the road with a pretty hectic schedule for over a year now. Has touring lost a bit of its luster since June 2009, or do you still prefer the road to the studio?
You only have one full-length to your credit so far, but you've had a lot of success with smaller releases, most notably your EPs and 7" singles. Why did you decide to release music in this way rather than head back to the studio and concentrate on a full-length sophomore release?
With that series of 7" singles, do you have a catalog of music you choose from for your A-sides? Or did you record "Heavenward Grand Prix" knowing it would be a 7" release?
For the single's B-side you covered PJ Harvey's "Shame." What is it about Harvey's original track that interested you in covering it?
The buzz of Japandroids has been growing steadily over the past few years, but the last year has been very good to guys. Do you still have those moments of "Holy shit... we get paid to do this"?
You're winding down 2010 with this tour and your new 7". What can fans expect from you in 2011?
Initially, you contemplated making Japandroids a trio, but eventually settled on keeping the band a duo. Is adding to the lineup still something you still might consider down the line, or do you prefer keeping it just the two of you?
What can fans expect on this tour that they might not have seen/heard from you before?
Who: Japandroids w/ PS I Love You and Makeout Videotape
Where: Detroit Bar
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