Japandroids @ King Tut’s 26-02-10

March 5, 2010

King Tut’s, Glasgow, February 26 * * * *

Playing the penultimate date of a six-week European tour, Vancouver duo Japandroids showed no signs of tiring tonight as they dished out a potent and highly-charged set of garage rock.
Leading the assault was singer/guitarist Brian King – a whirlwind of energy and all round unstoppable presence – who, much to the delight of the crowd, bounded about the stage like a man possessed.
Backed all the way by singer/drummer David Prowse, the duo fed off each other’s energy, spurred on by incessant rhythms and fuzzed-up helter skelter guitar.
As good as songs like Young Hearts Spark Fire, The Boys are Leaving Town and Crazy/Forever were, it was how they were delivered by the charismatic King that really made the duo’s set something to savour.
With a mischievous smile not far from his lips throughout, there was a joyful abandon to the way King dispensed his simple distortion-fueled riffs. Save for the odd spot of tuning he was a force to be reckoned with, little wonder then he looked exhausted by the end of an hour that exemplified the true spirit of garage rock.


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