The Bowery Presents
Japandroids

Japandroids

DIIV

Tue, December 4, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Webster Hall

New York, NY

$20

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This event is 16 and over

Japandroids
Japandroids
Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This ‘band’ started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a ‘lead singer’ and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don’t care what you call it, as long as it’s not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two piece band trying to sound like a five piece band.

Building on the buzz of 2008’s Lullaby Death Jams and 2007’s All Lies, Japandroids’ debut full-length, Post-Nothing, was released in 2009 and immediately began garnering critical acclaim. Four months later, the record was named on numerous year-end lists—earning best-of-2009 honors from Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, NME, Exclaim and many, many more.

Tired of being forced to pick a label for their music, Brian (guitar) and Dave (drums) decided that their sound was simply “post-nothing.” The album’s nine gems confirm this: running the gauntlet of rock ‘n roll sub-genres to the point that the boys are ripping off too many different bands to sound like any other duo making music right now.

In 2010, finding it difficult to record a full album while in the midst of a heavy touring schedule behind Post-Nothing, Japandroids devised a 7” series as a way to give something back to its fans.

Recorded during the duo’s brief period of time off between tours, each two-song 7” in the five-part series (to be released throughout the year) will include an A-side of previously unreleased material written during the Post-Nothing sessions and a cover B-side.

2010 will also see the re-release of Japandroids’ two pre-Post-Nothing EPs - Lullaby Death Jams and All Lies - compiled together as No Singles . The EPs have been out of print ever since the original pressings (500 copies each on CD-R) quickly sold out.

Gaining just as much positive press for its amazing live shows, Japandroids have already played more than 200 concerts across North America and Europe.

Supporting Japandroids gets you into heaven—no questions asked.
DIIV
DIIV
DIIV is the nom-de-plume of Z. Cole Smith, musical provocateur and front-man of an atmospheric and autumnally-charged new Brooklyn four-piece.
Recently inked to the uber-reliable Captured Tracks imprint, DIIV created instant vibrations in the blog-world with their impressionistic debut Sometime; finding it’s way onto the esteemed pages of Pitchfork and Altered Zones a mere matter of weeks after the group’s formation.
Enlisting the aid of NYC indie-scene-luminary, Devin Ruben Perez, former Smith Westerns drummer Colby Hewitt, and Mr. Smith’s childhood friend Andrew Bailey, DIVE craft a sound that is at once familial and frost-bitten. Indebted to classic kraut, dreamy Creation-records psychedelia, and the primitive-crunch of late-80’s Seattle, the band walk a divisive yet perfectly fused patch of classic-underground influence.
One part THC and two parts MDMA; the first offering from DIIV chemically fuses the reminiscent with the half-remembered building a musical world out of old-air and new breeze. These are songs that remind us of love in all it’s earthly perfections and perversions.
A lot of DIIV’s magnetism was birthed in the process Mr. Smith went through to discover these initial compositions. After returning from a US tour with Beach Fossils, Cole made a bold creative choice, settling into the window-facing corner of a painter’s studio in Bushwick, sans running water, holing up to craft his music.
In this AC-less wooden room, throughout the thick of the summer, Cole surrounded himself with cassettes and LP’s, the likes of Lucinda Williams, Arthur Russell, Faust, Nirvana, and Jandek; writings of N. Scott Momaday, James Welsh, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, and James Baldwin; and dreams of aliens, affection, spirits, and the distant natural world (as he imagined it from his window facing the Morgan L train).
The resulting music is as cavernous as it is enveloping, asking you to get lost in it’s tangles in an era that demands your attention be focused into 140 characters.
“Sometime” hit stores on October 11th with a second single to follow November 29, culminating in an early March EP release.
Venue Information:
Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.websterhall.com/