It’s been at least 3 years since I last saw Japandroids and the band returned to Toronto for a completely sold out show at The Horseshoe on Saturday.
Opening the night was Chastity, who honestly don’t do anything for me live. I find it the performance a bit too contrived, something I thought over multiple times seeing them opener for other people.
Japandroids entered with “The Boys are Leaving Town” and “Fire’s Highway” from Celebration Rock. Then they teased us with a new song called “Near to the Wild Heart of Life”. “Midnight to Morning” featured vocals from drummer David Prowse. Some of the new material had some electronic elements and bordered on experimental (“Arc of Bar”).
They still had the raucous energy we remember as they performed “Adrenaline Nightshift” and it didn’t take long before the stage diving started. The last quarter of the set was dedicated to their beloved old songs such as “The House That Heaven Built” and closer “For the Love of Ivy”.