Surprise! It was quite a treat coming in to the office yesterday after a long weekend festivaling in Chicago, hanging with Adam and Mike from The War On Drugs (who were playing as members of Kurt Vile’s band), only to find this great session with The War On Drugs up on Daytrotter. Featuring a stunning, booming version of the band’s “Take Me To The Coast” from 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, the whole session is a testament to the band’s mastery of mood and momentum. But perhaps, Daytrotter’s own Sean Moeller said it best in his blurb talking about the WOD session.
Of Wagonwheel Blues, Moeller wrote: “The spectacular Wagonwheel Blues is a mashing of sounds that one could hear at a busy train station, with three passenger trains crossing paths as if they were slicing up the yard like a pizza, missing each other by a hair – all of them with different tones and clatter. You can hear all of the anxieties of the folks riding the rails – the paying customers and the hobos. You can hear the nerves, the sobs, the farewells and the power of the shove off, along with the impressive power to keep all of that stuff rolling down the tracks. It’s a hurricane of stuff, a furnace of collisions, or near collisions.” Download mp3 from the session HERE.
The band has a few dates on the horizon, playing with Black Mountain in New York, and at Releigh, NC’s first ever Hopscotch Festival. See all the upcoming dates from The War On Drugs HERE.