“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.
The War On Drugs are excited to share the brand new video for “Brothers,” one of the many highlights off their stellar Slave Ambient. Following the more kaleidoscopic videos for “Baby Missiles” and “Come to the City,” the “Brothers” video, which premiered this morning via New York Magazine’s Vulture, definitely takes a different approach with its bleak western narrative. More on the “Brothers” video from the director team of Brewer, a pair of brothers (Ben and Alex), actually, is below.
“We kept picturing it as the soundtrack to a dark western like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid or Unforgiven. That is where the deranged T.V cowboy character came from. We wanted the video to feel like the most exciting five minutes taken out of a longer movie. The biggest challenge in the filming was how to make the old cowboy (played by David Weindel) seem threatening, and how to make the nurse (played by Tallie Medel) seem like she was dealing with the situation the way a normal person might really handle such a nightmare.”
In case you missed it, The War On Drugs played a pretty damn perfect performance of “Baby Missiles” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a couple of weeks ago for their late night TV debut, complete with two drummers, including special guest, ?uestlove, and dueling keyboards. After five solid months of touring, and several more on the horizon (full schedule HERE.
Oh my god you guys the War on Drugs totally NAILED their set last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon! Check out this amazing video of them performing “Baby Missiles” on the show with a very special guest drummer. They’ll be hitting Europe next month, followed by spring dates with White Rabbits and the fabulous Sharon Van Etten. Dates below!
Pitchfork.tv caught The War On Drugs in New York earlier this year. Check out an absolutely transcending live performance of “Come to the City” off of this year’s Slave Ambient along with a great interview with the band, and intro from front man Adam Granduciel. The War On Drugs are on the home stretch of their current North American tour that’ll finish up with two shows: Dec. 12 in New York opening for The National at Beacon Theatre and a hometown show with fellow Phiadelphians Sun Airway at Union Transfer on Dec. 17. After the holidays you’ll be able to catch The War On Drugs in Europe in February and on tour with Sharon Van Etten starting in March. Check out the full tour dates HERE. Spin.com has a great retrospective of The War On Drugs’ touring exploits this year with photos taken by WOD bassist Dave Hartley who captures some brilliant moments.