The WAR ON DRUGS – ” I Don’t Live Here Anymore “

Posted: July 19, 2021 in MUSIC
The War on Drugs

The War On Drugs have at long last announced the release of their new album. Entitled “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”, the rock band’s first full-length in four years is set to arrive on October 29th via Atlantic RecordsThe War on Drugs have also shared the album’s first single, “Living Proof,” and mapped out an extensive supporting tour.

I Don’t Live Here Anymore was initially conceived by band leader Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca during a retreat to upstate New York in early 2018. The trio then recorded the 10-song over the course of three years and a dozen-plus recording sessions taking place in seven different studios, including at Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles’ Sound City.

One particularly memorable session, as highlighted by the band in a statement announcing the album’s release, took place in May 2019 at Electro-Vox, in which the band’s entire line up — rounded out by keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and saxophonist Jon Natchez — convened to record the affecting album opener and lead single, “Living Proof.”

“Typically, Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock ‘n’ roll jigsaw puzzle. But for ‘Living Proof,’ the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written.”

Watch the video for “Living Proof,” directed by Emmett Malloy and shot on 16mm film at the historic Panoramic studio in Stinson Beach, California, below.

The supporting tour launches in early 2022, and includes dates at some of the largest venues the band has ever played, including Madison Square Garden in New York City, the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and the Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco. 

As a whole, the band describes I Don’t Live Here Anymore as “an uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes—resilience in the face of despair.”

The War on Drugs have steadily emerged as one of this century’s great rock and roll synthesists, removing the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, between the obtuse and the anthemic, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War On Drugs have never done that as well as they do with their fifth studio album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, an uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes—resilience in the face of despair. Just a month after The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding received the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album, the core of Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos, working outside of the predetermined roles each member plays in the live setting.

These sessions proved highly productive, turning out early versions of some of the most immediate songs on I Don’t Live Here Anymore. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock’s greatest sonic workshops. Band leader Adam Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.

The War on Drugs I Don't Live Here Anymore

Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock ‘n’ roll jigsaw puzzle. But for “Living Proof,” the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written. The “Living Proof” video, directed by filmmaker Emmett Malloy, and shot on 16mm, captures Granduciel at the historic Panoramic studio in Stinson Beach, California.

I Don’t Live Here Anymore serves as the band’s fifth album to date and the follow-up to their Grammy Award-winning “A Deeper Understanding”

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