According to FADER, “The War On Drugs made a totally serious album, shimmering and sprawling- it’s as inspiring as it is exhausting and dense.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves (and that’s why we’re not in the magazine business).
And now, at long last, you can pre-order your very own copy of this much anticipated debut from The War on Drugs “Wagonwheel Blues,” (in stores June 17; which is why we’re in the record business).
For vinyl lovers, if you order the LP, your package comes with a free poster and download code; order now!
After a string of raucous US dates in anticipation of the release of “Wagonwheel Blues”, The War on Drugs is getting geared up for August UK/EU dates. “Wagonwheel Blues” comes out in the UK on June 2.
06/07/08 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
08/08/08 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
08/09/08 Venlo, Netherlands – Zomerparkfeest
08/10/08 Courcelles (B), Belgium -La Posterie
08/11/08 London, UK – The Old Blue Last
08/12/08 London, UK – Club Fandango at Dublin Castle
08/13/08 Farnham, UK – The William Cobbett
08/14/08 London, UK – Cargo w/ Cave Singers & O Death
08/15/08 Crickhowell, South Wales – Green Man Festival
08/16/08 Yeovil, UK – Orange Box
08/17/08 Dublin, Ireland – Crawdaddy
08/18/08 Bristol, UK – Thekla Social
08/20/08 Brixton, UK – Windmill w/ Bowerbirds
“‘Wagonwheel’ is no period piece: it’s got some 80s big-drum heroics and Eno-esque ambience to tangle the time line, and Graduciel’s lyrics explore the timeless war between hope and disillusionment with such giddiness it’s unclear which side he favors to win” – CHICAGO READER
“This wall of sound isn’t impenetrable, because atop it sit the stadium-friendly Springsteenisms of frontman Adam Ganduciel, whose wit and wordplay add a whole new depth to the proceedings. Opener ‘Arms Like Boulders’ sets out his stall with a cryptic critique of neo-con America, while on highlight ‘Needle In Your Eye’ he sounds incredibly like the amphetamine-addled Bob Dylan of ’66 fronting the Jesus And Mary Chain” – NME
“Top-down, pitch-perfect car-radio rock. Only Americans can make music like this: blue sky and widescreen, feel good – but with a sting.” – UNCUT