“Near to the Wild Heart of Life” – Japandroids [Official Audio Single]

Released: November 2nd, 2016

LYRICS

The future’s under fire
The past is gaining ground
A continuous cold war between
My home and my hometown
I was destined to die dreaming
When one day, my best friend
With passion and pure provocation
Summoned me and said
“You can’t condemn your love
To linger here and die
Can’t leave your dreams to chance
Or to a spirit in the sky
May your heart always be ardent
Your conscience always clear
And succumb to the city and surrender, baby
I’ll be waiting here”

And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
So I left my home
And all I had
I used to be good but now I’m bad

It was last call at my local
And I stalled saying goodbye
So the girl behind the bar came over
And she took me aside
She kissed me like a chorus, said
“Give ‘em hell for us
The last drink of the night, last night in town
Baby, this one is on the house”

And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
So I left my home
And all I had
I used to be good but now I’m bad

It was bedlam in my bed that night
And like a silent scream
My body broke out in a sweat
From seeing you in dreams
You called out to me
I sang back to you
And all I remember was the sound of it being
Like all hell breaking loose

And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
And it got me all fired up
To go far away
And make some music from the sound of my singing, baby
(Oh oh, oh oh)
So I left my home
And all I had
I used to be good but now I’m bad

Vancouver’s Japandroids have released the title track from their forthcoming album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, due out January 27. This is their first release since their acclaimed 2012 album, Celebration Rock. Stream it above, courtesy of ANTI- Records on SoundCloud.

Set to rollicking drums and punkish riffs, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” is an ode to guitarist / vocalist Brian King’s recent move from his hometown of Vancouver to Toronto. Represented as a next phase of life, the song has King reminiscing about Vancouver while alluding to a new, darker edge to his persona.

King and drummer Dave Prowse discussed the overall tone of the record in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

I used to take whatever the story was for the song and get rid of all the negative parts… I would just focus on the positive part. This record, I wanted to get away from that and show both sides of the story. You know, kind of show the darkness or the other side that goes along with the really positive aspects.

Near to the Wild Heart of Life is set to be released on January 27, 2017. Pick it up on Kings Road Merch.

For more music, news, and tour dates, check out Japandroids’ Zumic artist page.