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!
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!
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.
“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!)
The War On Drugs took control of London’s Electric Ballroom Tuesday night. With a 13-song set plus a romping encore of “It’s Your Destiny” and “Needle in Your Eye #16,” they played to 1000 fine folks in one of their biggest performances to date. Uncut‘s Allan Jones was there to cover and he gives us a intricate play-by-play, saying,”More, and soon, is the response of everyone I speak to on the way out, those of them who aren’t still speechless, anyway.” You can and should read the full show review HERE.
Included in the set was a cover of “A Pagan Palace,” originally done by UK band, The Waterboys. Jones calls to The War On Drugs’ many influences, then writes, “Less commented on perhaps is what they share with The Waterboys. It’s a connection made explicit tonight via a terrific version of ‘A Pagan Place’, with Granduciel’s impassioned vocal whoops appropriately reminiscent of Mike Scott, as they are on reflection elsewhere, punctuating a wild thrashing of acoustic guitars. There are actually only two of them being played, but the giant thrum they make sounds like the entire Red Army is up on stage strumming away with giddy abandon.” Watch The War On Drugs’ “A Pagan Palace” above.
The War On Drugs trek on, playing Bristol tonight and eventually coming back home to continue their tour Stateside. They’ll make a stop at the Jagjaguwar/Secretly Canadian/Dead Oceans SXSW 2012 Official Showcase, playing alongside label-mates Gardens & Villa, Nite Jewel, Exitmusic and many more. Check out the full showcase lineup HERE and then pop over to see the rest of the WoD’s full tour HERE.