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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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  • EduardoLuque

    It seems like Dire Straits, I love it.

    31 Aug 9:26am Reply
  • MissNina84

    I hear a bit of Don Henley and Tom Petty in there - awesome stuff! :-)

    29 Aug 5:26pm Reply
  • TheGeoKing

    "Red Eyes" is brilliant.

    26 Aug 8:23am Reply
  • VinnieIcius

    it reminds me some Blue Oyster Cult sometimes

    24 Aug 3:52pm Reply
  • DaGlausch

    ... thats what you call an "eargasm", my friend :)

    18 Aug 2:05pm Reply
  • polvodearmas

    Lost In the Dream is amazing, is like... I don't know, an orgasm. The best album I've heard in years.

    15 Aug 8:46pm Reply
  • d1lll1nger

    Very good.

    15 Aug 11:01am Reply
  • pcdopc

    Can I be more than just a fool?

    8 Aug 2:38am Reply
  • FauxShoah

    i still like wagonwheel blues best. the new dire straits/springsteen stuff is alright and i guess you could totally see it coming, but i want more shit like "show me the coast".

    4 Aug 5:11am Reply
  • 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

    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
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  • 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
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