Japandroids, the hard-driving garage rock duo from Vancouver, broke a string during their very first song at weekend two of Coachella in the Sahara tent.
"It doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's pretty sweet," said guitarist/ vocalist Brian King of the immediate dilemma. The packed crowd cheered and thrust sunburned arms into the air, beckoning for more music no matter what the price.
Japandroids is a rock 'n' roll anomaly at Coachella, a riveting two-piece extravaganza that threatens every preconceived notion about what it takes to rock a crowd in 2013, when electric dance music reigns supreme. In some ways the band is in the same mold as the Black Keys, but its sound is less immediately recognizable, less accessible.
King is wild, with windswept hair that is as uncontainable as his discordant guitar riffs. Drummer David Prowse is his unpredictable rhythmic companion. It's hard to believe that so much melodic noise can emanate from just two men.