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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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  • HushSettleDown

    Love me some John Fogerty rock

    26 Nov 12:07pm Reply
  • BoBs933

    Beer commercial rock

    25 Nov 4:45pm Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    Abis ke Aussie gak ke Indon nih?

    24 Nov 1:07pm Reply
  • AhoiPhil

    Yes, AOTY!

    23 Nov 3:28pm Reply
  • thisrdo


    17 Nov 2:20pm Reply
  • RoverTheOctopus

    Fantastic album, Lost in the Dream. Vivid emotions that just course through you.

    17 Nov 12:16am Reply
  • SebastianKramer

    The sound is really good and the guy is really great creating atmospheres

    15 Nov 1:13am Reply
  • RainyWoods

    Loved seeing these guys on Jools Holland the other night. It's been a slow burn but I can't get enough of "Lost In The Dream" now. Glorious album. "Eyes To The Wind" is achingly beautiful. It may just be my favourite song of this year. There is just something so poignant about it, life affirming even.

    9 Nov 10:16pm Reply
  • kick_yr_crutch

    Don't get the hate, they were awesome at Green Man.

    3 Nov 6:46pm Reply
  • Artok

    Sun Kil Moon just left out on 7th place in similar artists so it doesn't show on the front page : (

    30 Oct 11:29am Reply
  • EatingKatesBush

    beer commercial lead guitar shit [3]

    29 Oct 10:09pm Reply
  • Sorbetto13

    Maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record [2]

    29 Oct 6:31pm Reply
  • BathOfBleach

    maybe when I get home from tour I’ll go to Starbucks and buy your record

    28 Oct 8:32pm Reply
  • BitchesLoveHoss

    beer commercial lead guitar shit [2]

    27 Oct 11:57pm Reply
  • Confessions87

    I wonder if it's possible to enjoy an artist's work less after hearing their stupid comments. I love Benji, it's a brilliant record, but fuck, Mark's comments are so fucking base. Lost In The Dream is incredible. I thought so in March and I still think so.

    26 Oct 7:57am Reply
  • KevinVillage

    hope they dont have lice

    22 Oct 1:32pm Reply
  • nubs37

    Kozelek tries way too hard...dude is a joke. he has to make news for people to recognize his pile of shit music. WoD don't even care.

    21 Oct 2:45am Reply
  • faithlessss

    17 Oct 10:06am Reply
  • weegee64

    LITD is album of the year, ez

    16 Oct 10:02pm Reply
  • ghostsofkiwis

    wonder why there's so many shitty comments here :/

    15 Oct 6:40pm Reply
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