How Guns N’ Roses Inspired Japandroids’ Triumphal ‘The House That Heaven Built’ Video
Sadly, not by letting the 'Celebration Rock' duo play Giants Stadium or tour via Concorde jet
Japandroids have been using stage tricks, like using a fan to blow back guitarist half Brian King’s respectable mane, ever since they were relative unknowns playing half-empty clubs. So it’s only natural that SPIN’s Band of the Year, despite their humble indie-label status, might still harbor a few arena-rock aspirations. In a behind-the-scenes video interview with Pitchfork.tv, King and drummer/fellow shouter David Prowse revealed the music behind the visuals for Celebration Rock standout “The House That Heaven Built”: Guns N’ Roses classic “Paradise City” clip.
“Our music video is based on ‘Paradise City’ by Guns N’ Roses,” King explains in the interview. “When he [director Jim Larson] wanted direction I said, ‘That’s what I want it to be like.’ And it sort of is, in a way. Maybe the next video we can make kind of our version of the ‘Estranged’ music video.”
Watch the whole interview, where they also explain the video’s guns and a fan’s suspicious-looking “mustache,” above; compare Guns N’ Droids below.