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The War on Drugs

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Philadelphia, United States (2003 – present)

The War on Drugs is an American band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Band member Adam Granduciel (born Adam Granofsky in Dover, Massachusetts) moved from Oakland, California to Philadelphia in 2003, where he met Kurt Vile and began playing music with him. They began playing as The War on Drugs in 2005, and self-released a demo EP. While Vile and Granduciel formed the backbone of the band, they had a number of accompanists early in the group’s career, before finally settling on a lineup that added Charlie Hall as drummer/organist, kyle lloyd as drummer and Dave Hartley on bass. Granduciel had previously toured and recorded with The Capitol Years, and Vile has several solo albums. The group gave away its Barrel of Batteries EP for free early in 2008. Their debut LP for Secretly Canadian, Wagonwheel Blues, was released in 2008.

Reviewers of the band’s music make note of its Americana overtones. The group’s sound has been described as influenced by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and My Bloody Valentine.

The lineup underwent several changes, and by the end of 2008, Kurt Vile, Charlie Hall, and Kyle Lloyd had all exited the group. Granduciel and Hartley were joined by drummer Mike Zanghi as the group slimmed to three members.
After Zanghi’s exit in 2010, Steven Urgo took over drum duties and Robbie Bennett joined on keys

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  • LedZebbelin

    'Lost In the Dream' is the best album I've heard in years. So much soul, so much feelings in one album. Fuckin' flawless.

    26 Jul 5:52pm Reply
  • macostarz

    vision, ambition, and execution: leaves me kind of stunned by how well their new album completely captures the zeitgeist of 2014. Solid heartland anthems combined with psychedelic harmonies and new age rhythms—the same spirit and energy of Fleetwood Mac and Steve Miller Band—these are guys are really shooting to get far, aren't they?

    25 Jul 11:43pm Reply
  • InKursion

    no, kerubim, you're the first. ever thought of writing for rolling stone?

    25 Jul 7:19pm Reply
  • Liteee

    An Ocean in Between the Waves <3

    16 Jul 12:36pm Reply
  • Jim_Fear

    Looking for a spare ticket for the London Roundhouse date! Hit me up if you know of any. Cheers!

    14 Jul 7:30pm Reply
  • Haddonfield69

    Mid year list features War on Drugs and many others http://www.therealmusic.net/top-20-albums-2014-thus-far/

    8 Jul 1:45pm Reply
  • PeteB123

    In my mind unquestionably the best album from a pretty lackluster year [2] x

    4 Jul 9:01pm Reply
  • psycheee

    In my mind unquestionably the best album from a pretty lackluster year

    4 Jul 3:46am Reply
  • northerninuit

    greeat

    2 Jul 5:42pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    bob dylan voice [2]

    26 Jun 12:01am Reply
  • Cosm01

    Mixed feelings about the album, some great tracks mixed up with a lot of 70s has-been filler material

    19 Jun 7:33pm Reply
  • mcforever

    I can't stop listening this album, it's like an obsession. Best from 2014. [6]

    13 Jun 12:58pm Reply
  • niQboy

    I just can't get enough of the new album, it's perfect. I love EVERY track and for me that's really saying something.

    7 Jun 10:10am Reply
  • wyzwolenie

    I saw them in Dublin last week, and that was by far the best gig I ever been to. Adam's solos are freaking epic live.

    5 Jun 11:16pm Reply
  • Rafa_el_Maciel

    Foda!!!

    5 Jun 3:18am Reply
  • kissesneverdie

    so war, are you pro or anti drugs?

    4 Jun 10:38am Reply
  • AsthrayHeart

    damn the new album is incredible.

    1 Jun 11:00pm Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Why the fuck is Todd Terje a similar artist? Fuck's sake Pitchfork

    28 May 10:00am Reply
  • WastedYouth1

    bob dylan voice

    24 May 6:00pm Reply
  • ArcadeMadhouse

    I believe that I'll remember LitD to be 'Best Album of 2014'...

    24 May 10:45am Reply
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