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The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar), David Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (keyboards), Charlie Hall (drums), Jon Natchez (saxophone) and Anthony LaMarca (guitar).

Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album, Wagonwheel Blues, in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career. The band’s second studio album Slave Ambient was released in 2011 to critical acclaim and extensive touring.this year the band released the album “Lost In A Dream”.

Premier Guitar met up with Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Granduciel described how he builds moody, swirling walls of sounds through a Bradshaw pedalboard, two Hiwatt amps and a full-time spinning Leslie.
Through a serendipitous amp breakdown at a show in Phoenix, Granduciel began a relationship with Fender. It started with a new Japanese-made Gretsch White Falcon. The Falcon was soon followed by this American Vintage ’56 Reissue Strat. Although his array of Fender-related axes skews towards the modern side, Granduciel’s goes vintage for his collection of Gibsons. The oldest one is a ’64 Gibson SG Jr. plus finally, a stock ’72 Les Paul Deluxe rounds out the trio.

Adam Granduciel from the band War On Drugs recorded this session in the Netherlands in January 2014,taken from the album “Lost In The Dream”

another track from the KCRW sessions taken from the album of the year, Lost in a Dream

Adam Granduciel and his band WAR ON DRUGS have released what is the best album of 2014 so far, with his Dylanesqe vocals and Dire Straits guitar sounds, these are epic songs about american heroes and grand landscapes.

Suffering is a track from the “LOST IN THE DREAM” album another lengthy guitar workout

the amazing WAR ON DRUGS and another track from the album ” Lost in the Dream “

the war on drugs live on the KEXP playing songs from the brilliant new album “LOST IN A DREAM” I’ve featured several cuts already from this amazing album and already set to become the best album of 2014.

the last track of the album, and an acoustic version with a lovely vocal

Im featuring these live versions as I think this is truly one of the great albums to be issued this year, this will give you an appetite to listen to the studio versions, full of great guitars and musicianship and sterling support from Keyboard Player Robbie Bennett this is the third album from War on Drugs, A hint of classic American rock and sweeping psych sounds. the last WAR ON DRUGS “Slave Ambient” was one of the best of 2011 but this adds to already an impressive catoulouge.