The War on Drugs just completed an exhilarating first leg of their North American tour in support of Slave Ambent, the new, much-lauded longplayer. Tomorrow, they cross the Atlantic for what is sure to be another incredible run. And in October, they’ll be back in the US for yet another month of touring. However, you can catch the gang TODAY (Sept. 6) at 3 PM EST over at’s SportsNation for a live chat. Traveling by van with only an AM radio and each other’s company for entertainment allows the band a whole lot of time to talk music, gear and NBA basketball. Get their take on the lockout and more, and ask them anything else you want


But first, let’s introduce the players:

Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar) grew up on the Celtics — went to multiple playoff games during the legendary ’86 championship run and was there for some of the Garden’s greatest moments. Some people think he’ll eventually talk like Johnny Most. Once met Kevin McHale in a Papa Gino’s Pizzeria, although Kevin denied it was him. Killer midrange jumper; can also slash and distribut. Big upside.

David Hartley (bass) is a total basketball lifer/purist — grew up seeing the Bullets during the Manute Bol, Tom Gugliotta, and Fab 2 eras. Now, he follows the game from a non-partisan vantage, although he catches Sixers games from time to time, despite their bloated mediocrity. Great back-to-the-basket post game and has a reputation as a lockdown defender. Dominates the paint.

Steve Urgo (drums) is also an NBA purist, but fosters a deep, inexplicable — and borderline irrational — love of the Indiana Pacers (apparently because of an old Nintendo game). Absolutely crushed that Reggie Miller wasn’t an first-ballot Hall of Famer. Can stroke it from anywhere and is the lynchpin of any offensive scheme worth a damn. Can execute the Dream Shake despite his slight frame.

On a completely different note, The War on Drugs is sharing with you the mp3 for “Snake Tongues,” an ambient cut from the B-Side of the limited edition Slave Ambient cassette being released by Mirror Universe in partnership with Secretly Canadian. As The Decibel Tolls/Altered Zones said of the cassette recently, “Side 2 features six new freeform movements that strip away the bombast, revealing the sonice aquifer of fluid drones, synth explorations, and celestial textures that flow underneath. Version one of Slave Ambient was made for speeding down the road with windows down; the cassette version was made for long ascent up the space elevator.”