THE WAR ON DRUGS

Philadelphia's The War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then -- with each song -- they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what's absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of fucked up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.

WATCH: The War On Drugs Cover The Waterboys

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty big performances from The War On Drugs. Whether it’s been Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera or any of the other summer festivals, TWOD have proved no stage is too big for these dudes to conquer. Today, KEXP takes us on a different route, capturing Adam and Dave in quite a special number. Set in the woods of the Pendarvis farm during Pickathon, they offer a stripped down version of The Waterboys’ “A Pagan Place”. Watch above. ***Keep watching after the credits.

Be sure to catch The War On Drugs on tour! Dates listed below!

TOUR DATES:
10/04/12 Washington, DC930 Club w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/06/12 Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/12/12 Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival BUY TICKETS

WATCH: The War On Drugs at Primavera Sound, Dates with The Walkmen Added

Did you miss The War On Drugs this past weekend at Primavera Sound in Barcelona!? Don’t fret! We’ve got an awesome video of them performing “Take the Farm” from their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues! Watch above!

If you’re headed to Bonnaroo this weekend, don’t miss these dudes! They’ll perform at 3:30 PM on Sunday, June 10th at This Tent.

Lastly, we are stoked to announce WOD will open for The Walkmen in their hometown of Philadelphia, as well as Washington DC. See all dates HERE.

WATCH: Adam Granduciel Curates New Episode of “Shaking Through,” Featuring Philadelphia Band, Purling Hiss


The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel recently curated the latest Shaking Through episode. Featuring Philadelphia-based band, Purling Hiss, the video captures all three members performing “Lolita” live, a definite change from the 4-track recording founding member Mike Polizze normally utilizes.

“Of everyone Adam knew, Purling Hiss was the one he believed would rise to the opportunity and create something remarkable, and so he and the band converged at Miner Street in Philadelphia to record “Lolita” over the course of a warm weekend in early April.”

Purling Hiss opened for The War On Drugs last fall; perhaps you saw them together. If not, get a small taste of how awesome this band it by watching the videos above.

WATCH: The War On Drugs Play the Late Show with David Letterman

“There’s a lot of music going on here, folks,” said David Letterman last night after The War On Drugs performance. Indeed, TWOD took the Late Show stage and did what they do best – put on one hell of a show. Guests for the evening included Rob Lowe and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who gifted Adam backstage with that sweet bolo he wears during the show. How nice!

Playing “Come to the City” off of Slave Ambient, the group was joined by THE Paul Shaffer (note the high five exchange between Robbie and Paul after finishing) and an incredible horn section. It was the second late night tv performance for the guys, who performed on Fallon earlier this year. Watch above! (Don’t miss the Pacers exchange between Adam and David after David tries to buy Steven’s drums. FYI: Steven’s a huge Pacers fan! Wooo!)

AUDIO

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Baby Missiles by The War On Drugs

TOUR DATES

07/29/14
Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

07/30/14
Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre

08/01/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/02/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/03/14
Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon

08/14/14
Saint-Malo, FR - La Route Du Rock Festival

08/15/14
Kiewit / Hasselt, BE - Pukkelpop

See all upcoming shows

AGENT CONTACT

U.S.:
Ryan Craven, The Windish Agency
ryan@windishagency.com


EUROPE:
Belmont Bookings - Bas Flesseman
P.O. Box 93031
1090 BA Amsterdam
THE NETHERLANDS
31 (0)20 616 2612
31 (0)20 616 6898
e: bas@belmontbookings.nl