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2015 Landmark Music Festival - Day 1

Three years after 2014’s standout album “Lost In The Dream” Philadelphia favorites The War On Drugs are looking for new terrain. Spinning classic riffs into a haze of classic radio rock, the band has long locked-in on a lush, guitar synth-drenched formula spanning their trio of past releases on the indie label Secretly Canadian Records. But then signed to a major label and unveiled a new single “Thinking Of A Place” the band seems set on something bigger this time.

The second track from their forthcoming album A Deeper Understanding, “Holding On” stretches the band’s meditative formula into a 6-minute track starts with a splash of stoned synths, quickly teasing in slide guitar and glockenspiel cut straight from Springsteen-esqe Born to Run or Tunnel of Love.

Adam Granduciel voice has the haunting low-end grovel, which slaps against the staccato bassline with a bright, up-beat bounce. As the chorus hits, the track ascends to a soaring, anthemic spiral with voice and guitar overlapping in a messy, monophonic ecstasy.

What once began as a bit of a simple “Springsteen plus reverb” punchline, the band has now expanded the palette into something transformative and newly striking.  ‘A Deeper Understanding,’ the new album from The War On Drugs, available soon

Three years after 2014’s standout Lost in the Dream, Philadelphia favorites The War On Drugs are looking for new terrain. Spinning classic riffs into a melancholic haze of classic radio rock, the band has long locked-in on a lush, synth-drenched formula spanning their trio of past releases on the indie label Secretly Canadian. But after signing to a major and unveiling their dreamy and crystalline new single “Thinking of a Place,”  the band seems set on something bigger this time.

The second track from their forthcoming album A Deeper Understanding, “Holding On” stretches the band’s meditative formula into crisp, streamlined hi-fi. The 6-minute track starts with a splash of stoned synths, quickly teasing in slide guitar and glockenspiel cut straight from Born to Run or Tunnel of Love. Adam Granduciel voice has the haunting low-end grovel, which slaps against the staccato bassline with a bright, up-beat bounce. As the chorus hits, the track ascends to a soaring, anthemic spiral with voice and guitar overlapping in a messy, monophonic ecstasy.

What once began as a bit of a simple “Springsteen plus reverb” punchline, the band has now expanded the palette into something transformative and newly striking. Years after 2011’s Slave Ambient betrayed its namesake with a liberating hypnogogia, “Holding On” lets go of the past with an elegy of mutating soundscapes.  But as it slowly drops back into its last wisps of spectral echo, the track pangs with something familiar, the future taking shape through reflective introspection.

Our new album ‘A Deeper Understanding’ is officially arriving on August 25th, 2017. Listen to ‘Holding On’ now.

Following the release of 2014’s excellent album release “Lost In The Dream” , Philly rockers the War On Drugs signed a two-album deal with Atlantic Records . Now, after a few years of silence barring a lone Grateful Dead cover , Adam Granduciel and co. are finally set to reveal what they’ve been working on at their new label home. The band confirmed today on Twitter that they’ll be releasing a new 12″ on Record Store Day (4/22) featuring a song called “Thinking Of A Place.” That’s the artwork above.

Side A has part one of the single, and side B has part two.

RECORD STORE DAY IS THIS SATURDAY!

The War On Drugs Best Kept secret festival Bergen 2014
00:14 An Ocean in Between the Waves
07:50 Baby Missiles
12:45 Eyes to the Wind
18:57 Under the Pressure
27:35 Burning
33:35 Red Eyes
40:05 Your Love Is Calling My Name
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46:42 Come to the City
54:30 Lost in the Dream

The War On DrugsLost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
To deduce the overarching themes of this Philadelphia band’s third album, just scan the track list, which almost reads like a cry for help, given that War on Drugs mastermind Adam Granduciel is evidently “Under the Pressure” with “Red Eyes,” “Suffering” while crossing “An Ocean in Between the Waves,” “Burning” and on the way to “Disappearing” “In Reverse.”

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All of which is to say that, yeah, “Lost in the Dream” is less than a merry affair. Between the songs’ obsessively recurring lyrical images (pain, darkness, disappearance, broken hearts) and the real-life backstory — Adam Granduciel reportedly split with his girlfriend in the early stages of putting the record together — it’s tempting to take this as a breakup album focused more on the Lost than the Dream.

He’s known as a perfectionist, particularly when he’s making an album, and no doubt this intense attention to detail is an essential building block of his music, but watching his band live, you don’t look at the stage and see a control freak. You see someone channeling the music in a way that few others could ever approach, and the magnitude of it all necessarily makes everything else look minor by comparison. There’s something unchained about it all, as though his talent gives him the freedom to let the music run wild. It’s all perception, but genius has that way of erasing the middle steps between idea and execution, so that while the others are painting by numbers, with someone like Granduciel it seems to flow unchanged from an origin you’d never be able to find by simply re-tracing his steps

If 2011’s Slave Ambient represented a breakthrough, this one is an out-and-out star-maker that should rank among the year’s best albums. Simultaneously spare and just as fully fleshed out as it needs to be, Dream is a perfect distillation of Granduciel’s wide-open claustrophobia. The sound is more expansive than ever, even as its maker’s songs seem more personal and less universal.

The War On Drugs did a great Bob Dylan cover for Minnesota’s 89.3 The Current a few weeks ago. In an interview with the radio station, frontman Adam Granduciel said that he wanted to make sure that they had perfected the cover by the time they got to Dylan’s home state, and he discussed what a huge influence the singer had on his life and music. Then the band launched into “Tangled Up In Blue,” which they’ve also recently been playing during their live shows.

The musical guest on the Tonight Show was The War on Drugs. Fallon said their latest album is “Lost In The Dream”, and they performed the song “An Ocean Between the Waves” off of it. The frontman of the group also is a great guitar player. He jammed on the guitar, displaying his virtuosity. The drummer kept up a rapid, steady beat throughout the song. They did a fantastic job, and will likely wow the audiences at Coachella in April.
On this Tuesday night episode of the Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon, as usual, had some entertaining and cool guests, and he played Box of Lies with the lovely actress, Nicole Kidman. Patton Oswalt talked about his love of movies and how it became a sort of “addiction,” and the musical act, The War on Drugs, wrapped the episode up.

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”.

The War On Drugs performs Red Eyes on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two (4th November 2014), What A band cannot believe how much this rocks. listen when the solo kicks in the song burst  the sound barrier almost,

 

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”

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A new official video for the song “Under Pressure” from the Band WAR ON DRUGS taken from the album “Lost In the Dream” on Secretly Canadian record label. the video with Adam Granduciel and his bandmates in a deserted house with rain spattered windshields and scenes of surburbia. The band are on a European tour with some UK festival dates in between. The band played an amazing set at The GREEN MAN festival this last weekend.