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Live Chat with The War on Drugs at ESPN.com Today; Download “Snake Tongues” mp3 from Slave Ambient Cassette

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 ESPN.com’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

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS AT ESPN.COM’S SPORTSNATION

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The War on Drugs Do WXPN’s Free At Noon, Hit Other Music on Monday

Fishtown rise up. Today, Philly’s The War on Drugs went into their hometown’s own WPXN for a live Free at Noon session, ploughing through some cuts from Slave Ambient, the inspired sophomore record due next week. Adam Granduciel rides his guitar like a wild, bucking mare, his amp threatening explode/implode at points through the set. The band is in lock step — albeit in that shambling, charming way that makes The War on Drugs the band we love oh-so dearly. You can listen to the entire affair HERE.

Next week, the day before the US release of Slave Ambient, the band has a in-store at NYC’s venerable Other Music. It starts at 8 p.m. It’s completely free. And the store will be slinging the new record for a crazy low price. New Yorkers, mount up. Check it HERE.

If you’re not headed to Other Music, have you PRE-ORDERED YOUR COPY YET?

The War on Drugs Prep Slave Ambient Extended Cassette, Tour in October with Purling Hiss

 

Expanded cassette coming soon on Mirror Universe

 

Beneath the new American pop-rock of The War on Drugs’ excellent Slave Ambient are deep pools of texture; tape experimentation and deconstruction; the churning of the earth. These are cornerstones of Adam Granduciel’s creative process and The War on Drugs’ sound. But separated from the pop songs in which they lurk, these sounds are pretty amazing in their own right. We are excited to announce that Secretly Canadian is partnering with South Carolina’s Mirror Universe to release a limited-run extended edition of Slave Ambient. Side A features the entire record as we know it, while Side B is 40-minutes of Granduciel’s sound sculptures, tape manipulation and ambient experimentation.

Meanwhile, the band just announced a string of October dates with Philly brethren Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton. See all upcoming dates HERE.

And if you haven’t yet, pre-order for Slave Ambient is up at SCDistribution with all sorts of stellar bundle deals.

The War on Drugs release “Come to the City” MP3, Slave Ambient Pre-Order Madness Begins

The War On Drugs’ sprawling Slave Ambient is out August 16 on Secretly Canadian. Following the release of the instant classic “Baby Missiles” we now share with you the album’s centerpiece “Come to the City” in which head honcho Adam Granduciel takes the show to the next level. It’s a modern American outsider classic; a straight-up jam. All goosebumps and fist pumps; and Granduciel howling and moaning over his epic, phased Firebird guitars.

“Come to the City” also happens to include what very well may be my favorite The War on Drugs lyric: “Drinking up all the sweet tea/It was made/Just for me.” CLAZZIG.

LISTEN TO “COME TO THE CITY”

Slave Ambient is also now available for pre-order, the first 75 vinyl orders of which will receive the limited-run oh-so-fancy ruby red LP version of the record (see the sweet pic below). There are also several great War on Drugs catalogue bundle deals. Get it all HERE.

 

The War on Drugs Deliver ‘Slave Ambient’ Aug. 16

On their debut, the life-affirming Wagonwheel Blues, and the follow-up EP, Future Weather, Philly’s The War on Drugs seemed obsessed with disparate ideas, with building uncompromised rock monuments from pieces that may have seemed like odd pairs. Folk-rock marathons come damaged by drum machines. Electronic and instrumental reprises precede songs they’ve yet to play, and Dr. Seuss becomes lyrical motivation for bold futuristic visions. Now, Granduciel has done it again, better than before: Slave Ambient (Out Aug. 16), their proper second album, is a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock ‘n’ roll, conceptualized with a sense of adventure and captured with seasons of bravado.

LISTEN TO “BABY MISSILES” FROM SLAVE AMBIENT

Slave Ambient features a team of Philadelphia’s finest musicians, including multi-instrumentalists Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett, and drummer Mike Zanghi. Recorded throughout the last four years at Granduciel’s home studio in Philly, Jeff Ziegler’s Uniform Recording and Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC, the album puts the weirdest influences in just the right places. Synthesizers fall where you might expect more electric guitars (and vice versa); country-rock sidles up to the warped extravagance of ’80s pop. Instant classic “Baby Missiles” is part Spingsteen fever dream, part motorik anthem “Original Slave” might sound like a hillbilly power drone, but “City Reprise #12″ suggests Phil Collins un-retiring to back Harmonia. “I Was There” is Harvest rebuilt by some selection of psychedelic all-stars, while the shuffling, sleepy opener “Best Night” offers a band with too many ideas to be in a hurry. During the mid-album centerpiece “Come to the City,” Granduciel howls and moans, “All roads lead to me/I’ve been moving/I’ve been drifting.” Indeed, however unlikely that might seem, all these sounds arrive cohesively in one unmistakable place. Every song on Slave Ambient is instantly identifiable and infinitely intricate, a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems. It’s a remarkable work for which we have an enormous pride and respect. And for which the story is only just beginning.

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

VIDEOS

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ

Sunspot by Suuns

COMING SOON

Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

SHOWS TODAY

Gardens & Villa
Atlanta, GA - The Earl

Luke Temple
Nashville, TN - Exit In  w/ Foxygen, Dub Thompson

Suuns
Amsterdam, NL - Tolhuistuin

The War On Drugs
Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre  w/ Cass McCombs

See all upcoming shows