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Title: The War on Drugs
Post by: Murph on Dec 04, 2013, 05:27 PM
Very excited to see this announcement today.  The War on Drugs will release a new album in March titled Lost in the Dream and will be touring.  I was so hooked on their last album, Slave Ambient.  It's definitely one of my favorite records from the past few years. 

http://www.thewarondrugs.net/ (http://www.thewarondrugs.net/)
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Crispy on Dec 05, 2013, 09:29 AM
Very excited to see this announcement today.  The War on Drugs will release a new album in March titled Lost in the Dream and will be touring.  I was so hooked on their last album, Slave Ambient.  It's definitely one of my favorite records from the past few years. 

http://www.thewarondrugs.net/ (http://www.thewarondrugs.net/)

This is fantastic news!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Ob1jacobe on Dec 05, 2013, 02:00 PM
fantastic news.  almost makes up for bad news i had on the walkmen  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: MrWhippy on Dec 05, 2013, 03:48 PM
Great news!  I loved Slave Ambient.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: bigloop on Dec 07, 2013, 03:09 PM
 03/18/14 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
03/20/14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
03/21/14 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg
03/22/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar
03/23/14 Chicago, IL Metro
03/26/14 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
03/28/14 Seattle, WA Neptune
03/29/14 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
03/30/14 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
04/01/14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
04/04/14 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour
04/06/14 San Diego, CA Casbah
04/07/14 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
04/08/14 Tucson, AZ Club Congress
04/10/14 Columbia, MO The Blue Note
04/11/14 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century
04/12/14 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
04/13/14 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
04/14/14 Toronto, ON Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
04/17/14 Boston, MA Paradise
04/18/14 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: bartel on Dec 14, 2013, 09:07 AM
Great news!  I loved Slave Ambient.

this.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: rincon2 on Feb 25, 2015, 06:10 PM
Just got tickets to War On Drugs show in Ventura for April. Missed OBH 2, but I only have to drive 10 miles for this one. The next show at the Ventura Theater is The Waterboys, which is kind of a trip, as that is what WOD last album reminds me the most of. At least in the vocals.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: sillyboob on May 19, 2015, 03:35 PM
War On Drugs were great at OBH.  They really kicked the week off on the right note (pun intended).  Great tunes, and Adam's guesting with MMJ on the covers night 1 was great!

Seeing them again in October at the Greek Theater.  Will be great!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: walterfredo on May 23, 2015, 04:22 PM
I was shocked to see they were headlining the Greek, such a big venue for them.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: RobbyD462 on Jun 19, 2015, 03:03 PM
Great Band!
I saw them at the Vogue in Vancouver last month amazing!

Ill be seeing them again at the Pemberton Festival this July among many others.

If you havent yet check out Lost in the Dream fantastic album!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Nov 09, 2015, 10:02 AM
Check your local PBS listings.  ACL episode with the War on Drugs aired over the weekend and will be repeated.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Apr 28, 2017, 10:31 AM
Fuck yeah!!!! New album and new TOUR!!!!!

http://www.thewarondrugs.net
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: jaye on Apr 28, 2017, 10:39 AM
2 nights at the Berkeley Greek and then Phosphorescent (with Father John Misty) playing the following night!   Plus it's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend!   Shug - aren't you due for a Bay Area trip?   :wink:

* Oops- that's one night in Berkeley, one night at the LA greek.   :embarrassed:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: walterfredo on Apr 28, 2017, 10:52 AM
2 nights at the Berkeley Greek and then Phosphorescent (with Father John Misty) playing the following night!   Plus it's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend!   Shug - aren't you due for a Bay Area trip?   :wink:

actually one night at the LA Greek and one at Berkeley Greek, but will definitely have to consider the Berkeley show, perfect time of the year for a show at the Greek.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Apr 28, 2017, 12:05 PM
nice!! I may be able to make Columbus work, closest show to me..
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Apr 28, 2017, 12:46 PM
2 nights at the Berkeley Greek and then Phosphorescent (with Father John Misty) playing the following night!   Plus it's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass weekend!   Shug - aren't you due for a Bay Area trip?   :wink:

We are definitely due for a Bay Area trip and we are going to do that for Magpie Salute at the Fillmore in Sept.  That would be cool to see ya there if you are going (Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien with Charity White and Joe Magistro from the Black Crowes). 

For The War On Drugs, I think a Northwest trip to Seattle and Portland at the indoor theaters is gonna beat one night outdoors in Berkeley.

That's a pretty nice Sept and Oct for us, 3 great cities and venues and plenty of good music loving friends to visit!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: iLikeBeer on Apr 28, 2017, 03:59 PM
I'm definitely hitting up the C'bus show!  My wife will be excited to finally get to see them live!  And it's a Friday night to boot!!!  :beer:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: pjthom30 on Apr 30, 2017, 07:30 PM
https://youtu.be/TeaDE1magRk

The new single right here. Cant wait for the full album
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Jun 01, 2017, 09:42 AM
another new track. i dig. can't wait for a new album, coming 8/25






Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Jul 26, 2017, 11:06 AM
so stoked for this album next month

Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: sillyboob on Jul 26, 2017, 11:31 AM
Definitely.  These guys are so good.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: MikeR1390 on Jul 31, 2017, 07:56 AM
These singles just keep getting better. So stoked for this album release.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Aug 09, 2017, 05:09 PM
Solid read about an awesome band:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/arts/music/war-on-drugs-a-deeper-understanding-interview.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=arts/music&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Music&pgtype=article
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Jackets N Pones on Aug 09, 2017, 06:26 PM
Solid read about an awesome band:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/arts/music/war-on-drugs-a-deeper-understanding-interview.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=arts/music&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Music&pgtype=article

Dave Hartley rocking Kevin Durant 9s in the hallway photo...SOLD
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Aug 11, 2017, 05:00 PM
Solid read about an awesome band:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/arts/music/war-on-drugs-a-deeper-understanding-interview.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=arts/music&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Music&pgtype=article

I dig the part about Adam saying he wants to have an operational set up like Wilco: homebase in a city that is not LA or New York, have total control over their art and business, solid fanbase built through regular touring and never really stop working on their music, either touring or recording or writing.

He pointed to a band like Wilco, the experimental indie stalwarts from Chicago, as a model for the War on Drugs’ future: “self-sustaining, self-governing, great fan base, tight connection to their roots — that’s what we’re trying to build over here,” Mr. Granduciel said.

“I just need to work,” he added. “There’s no other thing with me.”
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Aug 20, 2017, 04:22 PM
Every single song they have released early has been top notch.  I'm really looking forward to the entire album.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Aug 21, 2017, 10:09 AM
I have not read this essay because I'm waiting to get the album and listen to it without another listener's impressions in my mind.  I also have not listened to any of the singles, I prefer to get the album and listen to the entire thing for the first time. but others have said this essay goes deep, I thought people might like to know about it.

http://www.stereogum.com/1958113/premature-evaluation-the-war-on-drugs-a-deeper-understanding/franchises/premature-evaluation/

I'm really stoked for this album and REALLY stoked for the two shows we are set to see in Seattle and Portland in October and hopefully more shows on subsequent legs of what I hope is as long a tour as there was for Lost In The Dream!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Aug 22, 2017, 10:20 AM
Interview with Adam that includes this line from the writer that has me even more excited for Friday:

"It almost seems bold to put out a record in 2017 with this many guitar solos."

Yes, please.

http://uproxx.com/music/war-on-drugs-adam-granduciel-interview-a-deeper-understanding/
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: sillyboob on Aug 23, 2017, 04:58 PM
Giving the new album a listen right now, it's streaming for 24 hours on their website.  I'm really enjoying it.

http://thewarondrugs.net/firstlisten/
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Aug 23, 2017, 07:28 PM
Giving the new album a listen right now, it's streaming for 24 hours on their website.  I'm really enjoying it.

http://thewarondrugs.net/firstlisten/


Me too!  They keep getting better and better.

That sounds like a cool article Shug, but I'll wait until I hear the album a few times before reading (delaying for the same reasons you stated above).  Seeing them twice is the way to go.  I'm not sure my once in DC is enough.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: kotchishm on Aug 26, 2017, 09:43 AM
Fantastic album.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Aug 26, 2017, 10:43 AM
Not many new albums get the full-on listening release event treatment in our house, but a new War On Drugs album does and this one paid off beautifully!  We got in the right frame of mind with some drink and smoke and some pre-main event music before putting on and cranking up A Deeper Understanding to listen to all the songs for the first time in one shot (I avoided listening to any of the singles they dribbled out in the past few weeks) and by the second song I was up and rocking the air-guitar with a few fist pumps thrown in!  Up All Night will be a killer show opener and Pain was an immediate standout. That is a frickin' SOLID two-song album opener! Also digging on Thinking Of A Place and Clean Living after one listen.

The arrangements sound tighter and more composition-oriented to me than Lost In The Dream but there is also more aggressive guitar jamming, too.  This shit is gonna soar live! The superb, detailed, mood and vibe-focused recording craft is now joined by a new level of ensemble performance craft that is clearly the result of extensive touring for the previous album.  Granduciel's artistic intensions are clearly on display again and to me he operates on an entirely higher level of musical brilliance than most artists currently recording and touring these days.  I was doubtful that they could pull off a second brilliant album in a row, but after one listen it sounds like they've either come really close or maybe even pulled off another record as good as Lost In The Dream!  Now I'm even more stoked for the up coming tour!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: oistheone on Aug 26, 2017, 02:21 PM
Cannot get enough of this album right now. Those solos in "Strangest Thing" are fucking magic. And the harmonica in "Thinking of a Place" kills me every time.

The tones Adam got on this record could cut through a bank vault. Soooo fucking searing. Can't wait to witness these tracks live in the fall!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: DaydreamNation on Aug 27, 2017, 01:15 AM
This is such a killer record, loving it more every time I listen
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Aug 28, 2017, 12:29 PM
Cannot get enough of this album right now. Those solos in "Strangest Thing" are fucking magic. And the harmonica in "Thinking of a Place" kills me every time.

The tones Adam got on this record could cut through a bank vault. Soooo fucking searing. Can't wait to witness these tracks live in the fall!

my first couple of listens (been through about 6 so far now), I wasn't sure how this stacked up with LIAD...but man, I am not prepared to say I like it better than LIAD, but it's right there.

Agree with Shug on the fantastic 1-2 punch of a start and Strangest Thing might be the best track (IMO) and the closest thing this album has to An Ocean In Between the Waves. Thinking of a Place is close to Under The Pressure in scope and sound.

It might be a cop out of sorts to keep referencing songs on this album to ones from LIAD, but I honestly have no other frame of reference for these songs.  I've only streamed the album but plan on picking up the LP this week.

Makes me so happy to know that these types of albums still exist.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Aug 28, 2017, 12:57 PM
https://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/the-war-on-drugs-2017-08-24

Warren Zevon's Accidentally Like A Martyr cover, so frickin' awesome!!!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: iLikeBeer on Aug 28, 2017, 02:52 PM
Gave this album a listen on Saturday night with some friends sitting around the fire pit in our back yard.  We too got in the right frame of mind with smoke and drink but I still haven't given it the proper listen as it was more socializing than listening with our friends, but I plan on getting into it tonight!  From what I did hear on Saturday, I was totally impressed.  Trying to follow up such a great fucking record as LITD was would be very daunting for most artists, but it looks as though these guys may done just that. 

I can't wait to see these guys live again!!!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Murph on Aug 28, 2017, 04:59 PM
Here's a great live session with the band playing some of the new songs (Adam says this was the first time they played the songs live), includes a little interview in the beginning and the same Zevon cover...

http://www.wfuv.org/content/war-drugs-2017

Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Aug 29, 2017, 08:33 AM
Here's a great live session with the band playing some of the new songs (Adam says this was the first time they played the songs live), includes a little interview in the beginning and the same Zevon cover...

http://www.wfuv.org/content/war-drugs-2017



excellent. I am sure they will do KEXP when they are in the PNW
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Murph on Aug 31, 2017, 09:38 AM
I don't think Adam will ever be known as a great songwriter.  The lyrics definitely leave something to be desired, but man these songs are still endlessly beautiful.  Another amazing output from this band. 
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Aug 31, 2017, 10:30 AM
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: oistheone on Aug 31, 2017, 11:35 AM
I don't know man, some of the lines on this album are fucking stellar.

Am I just living in the space between
The beauty and the pain?


Beautiful!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Sep 03, 2017, 03:12 PM
Yeah, O, good lyrics for sure, that will surely connect with lots of people. 

"I resist what I cannot change"


We watched that KEXP show last night and it seems like the band is getting tighter, if that is even possible from how tight they already were.  LD was saying its like Adam is relaxing a bit and on a subtle level it is allowing the rest of the band to contribute more and gel as an ensemble even more.  A little bit less like Adam fronting and the band backing, but everyone all together, at least in the jams and the sympathetic accompaniment.   I think they are getting close to doing a thing that Wilco has done for years in their past lineup, just getting more and more telepathic.  Adam did say in one of those interviews that he is not feeling the need to fill up every moment with sound, he's now realizing that leaving some space lets the music breathe.  I think we are hearing that in these live performances.  They are freaking on it and the tour hadn't even really started when these shows were filmed.

I think these upcoming shows are going to be fan-fucking-tastic!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Sep 21, 2017, 01:59 PM
Here's a hyped recording courtesy of NYCtaper:

http://www.nyctaper.com/2017/09/the-war-on-drugs-september-19-2017-terminal-5/

just posted today.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 21, 2017, 06:26 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Sep 21, 2017, 06:40 PM
I'm listening to a 10+ minute of Under The Pressure as I type.  So good!  Thanks for the link Parker.  While this is my favorite song of theirs, after many listens to Deeper Understanding, I find it so good that my favorite song off that one keeps changing. 
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Jbpats on Sep 22, 2017, 09:56 AM
considering going to see these guys tomorrow. Wasn't crazy about their last album, loved Lost in the Dream though.
How are they live? Do the tunes deviate from the studio versions much or are they pretty much the same? A buddy really wants me to go but I have a ton of shows coming up
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Sep 22, 2017, 12:05 PM
considering going to see these guys tomorrow. Wasn't crazy about their last album, loved Lost in the Dream though.
How are they live? Do the tunes deviate from the studio versions much or are they pretty much the same? A buddy really wants me to go but I have a ton of shows coming up

the link i posted a few posts above is from a show on this tour. There's also these videos from a show this tour:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08pz9LCHOKJx15Fi6x9-7Q/videos

funny you feel that way about this album and the last...I almost feel they are connected, almost companion albums.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 22, 2017, 12:11 PM
considering going to see these guys tomorrow. Wasn't crazy about their last album, loved Lost in the Dream though.
How are they live? Do the tunes deviate from the studio versions much or are they pretty much the same? A buddy really wants me to go but I have a ton of shows coming up

I think any question you have could be answered by watching the video posted above! I saw them in 2014 and 2015 and really liked both shows. I'd very much like to see them now if they were coming close to me...
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 22, 2017, 12:12 PM
Ha, posted at the same time...
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Jbpats on Sep 22, 2017, 12:49 PM
considering going to see these guys tomorrow. Wasn't crazy about their last album, loved Lost in the Dream though.
How are they live? Do the tunes deviate from the studio versions much or are they pretty much the same? A buddy really wants me to go but I have a ton of shows coming up

the link i posted a few posts above is from a show on this tour. There's also these videos from a show this tour:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC08pz9LCHOKJx15Fi6x9-7Q/videos

funny you feel that way about this album and the last...I almost feel they are connected, almost companion albums.

I think that's why i didnt like it. Just too similar to the last, kind of felt like it was bsides that couldn't make the last album.
anyway i'll probably give it a shot tomorrow
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 27, 2017, 12:07 PM
wooo!! The Brown Theatre, December 20th!
Just got 2 tickets front row of balcony.

anyone in Louisville looking to go: there's a presale going right now. Code: OCEAN

it's a beautiful and magical place! :)

(http://www.kentuckycenter.org/images/default-source/brown-theatre/brown-theatre-shows.jpg?sfvrsn=0)
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Sep 27, 2017, 12:44 PM
Nice LBSUN!! Front row balcony looks like a perfect spot.  It's going to sound goooooood from there on 12/20.  That theater looks great.  I have a similar seat for their DC show.  Louisville has some geat spots.... I was a the Palace once and that place was also beautiful and magical.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Mr. White on Sep 27, 2017, 12:47 PM
I got tickets to this show yesterday too. I got an e-mail from WFPK/WFPL that provided me with a pre-sale code "UNDERSTANDING". I got front row on the right side as you face the stage. I've only seen them once - Forecastle 2015, right before MMJ took the stage.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 27, 2017, 12:54 PM
Nice LBSUN!! Front row balcony looks like a perfect spot.  It's going to sound goooooood from there on 12/20.  That theater looks great.  I have a similar seat for their DC show.  Louisville has some geat spots.... I was a the Palace once and that place was also beautiful and magical.

We really do have some great venues here. The Palace is incredibly cool and bigger than the Brown and I go there more often. I've only been to The Brown 3-4 times but I just love it there. Was thrilled to see this show announced.

Mr. White, front row downstairs? or balcony?
I'm on the right side as you face the stage.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Mr. White on Sep 27, 2017, 02:10 PM
Nice LBSUN!! Front row balcony looks like a perfect spot.  It's going to sound goooooood from there on 12/20.  That theater looks great.  I have a similar seat for their DC show.  Louisville has some geat spots.... I was a the Palace once and that place was also beautiful and magical.

We really do have some great venues here. The Palace is incredibly cool and bigger than the Brown and I go there more often. I've only been to The Brown 3-4 times but I just love it there. Was thrilled to see this show announced.

Mr. White, front row downstairs? or balcony?
I'm on the right side as you face the stage.

Front row down on the floor right in front of the stage - I got seats on the isle between the larger center section on the right.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Sep 27, 2017, 02:48 PM
 :cool: Awesome. was thinking we'd be next to each other if you were upstairs.
No bad seats in The Brown. We will be right by each other for the JJ Clifton Center show!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Sep 27, 2017, 03:49 PM
i am just hoping they continue the tour next spring and hit some other mid-Atlantic venues. Last time I saw them was in this venue in BFE North Carolina called the Haw River Ballroom. It was really cool but legit driving through rural country to get there.

The performance of You Don't Have to Go here is top notch stuff

https://www.jambase.com/article/pro-shot-videos-war-drugs-share-footage-bok-philadelphia
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Sep 30, 2017, 03:38 PM

The performance of You Don't Have to Go here is top notch stuff

https://www.jambase.com/article/pro-shot-videos-war-drugs-share-footage-bok-philadelphia

Indeed, both of those rehearsal videos are fucking amazing performances, so subtly brilliantly Dylanesque vocals and lyrics but with fantastic melodies and all the sincerity and passion of early U2.  WOD are definitely peaking and I can't wait for the two shows we are seeing in Seattle and Portland in a little more than a week!

Thanks, parkervb for pointing them out.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Jackets N Pones on Oct 02, 2017, 05:36 PM
Strangest Thing on repeat  :headphones:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Oct 14, 2017, 05:30 PM
Strangest Thing on repeat  :headphones:

I can't get enough of Strangest Thing, either.  Also Knocked Down.  The ballads have the most majestically beautiful chord progressions and melodies.  I also love that they use the Fender Rhodes 70s electric piano on these tracks, what a warm soothing sound.  I'm turning to these songs everyday lately for a little bit of peace and refuge.

The shows we saw in Seattle and Portland last week were all that I hoped, better performances even than the last tour.  Granduciel's epic soloing on Eyes To The Wind and others is getting Neil Young-like, but with more melodic structure and crescendo payoff.  Put a Gibson Les Paul or a Gretsch White Falcon in his hands and listen to him soar! People are giving them standing ovations, at least they did in Portland.  Seattle audience sat nearly the entire show, once in a while standing up for a few seconds at the end of a loved song.  I miss the standing only venues that I saw all three times on the Lost In The Dream tour.  Also just a little bit bummed I missed hearing Accidentally Like A Martyr second night in Seattle, the show we did not make.

Looking forward to the next US leg to be announced, wish I was in Denver this weekend for the Ogden Theater shows.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Oct 14, 2017, 08:19 PM
I'm glad the shows were so good Shug.  I'm so excited for their DC show.  It's at a venue that just opened called The Anthem.  I doubt they will sell out (capacity is 6,000), but I'm hoping it's a standing crowd instead of seated. 

I've been going to Nothing To Find for repeat listens.  There is a little riff in there that is so good but they don't repeat it enough!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: oistheone on Oct 23, 2017, 11:28 PM
Saw these guys at Massey Hall in Toronto over the weekend and HOLY SHIT this band is on fire right now. In terms of fiery, jammin' live shows, this was up there with MMJ and Roger Waters for the absolute best I've seen this year. They're really fleshing out these tunes and are in complete control of tone and vibe. Not to mention they've got a super fucking sick light show. They smoked out an entire 3000-seat theatre and then shot out rainbow lazers during "Under the Pressure"! Who else does that?!

"Thinking of a Place" was stretched out to 15 sublime minutes, but unfortunately that pushed them to their curfew and we did not get an encore. The previous night, they busted out "Like a Hurricane" in honor of Neil after their main set, so that was a bit of a bummer. But I suppose you can never go wrong leaving the crowd wanting more.

WOD have now offically been elevated to "never fucking miss these guys" status. A+!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Petty55 on Oct 24, 2017, 01:15 AM
Shug, you said you're looking forward to the next leg..any idea when that will be announced? And do you have any thoughts on what region it will be? I'm down here in FL and we often get left out, hoping that's not the case for this tour.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Oct 24, 2017, 08:20 AM
Nice! I am very excited for my show here December 20th.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Oct 24, 2017, 10:49 AM
how about a sweet recording of the show at the Anthem??

https://archive.org/details/wod2017-10-23

Under the Pressure->Clean Living set closer?? I love Clean Living from the new album and of course UTP is a flat out J-A-M
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: BWA on Oct 24, 2017, 05:17 PM
I was at the Massey Hall show on Saturday.  We were really hoping for Thinking of a Place - sadly they didn't play it....though Like a Hurricane was fun.   For some reason they don't play TOAP all that often - it is my favourite song on the album and they do play most of the new album each night.  Even without it was a stellar show..Under the Pressure is amazing this tour.   They can really channel Springsteen/Neil Young/Petty/Dire Straits but in a modern way that is unique.   Highly recommended.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Crispy on Oct 24, 2017, 10:57 PM
I caught the two shows in Denver, and my favorite tune was the closer on the first night, It's Your Destiny, an absolute mind-bender.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Oct 24, 2017, 11:17 PM
Thinking of a Place is definitely my favorite song on the new album.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Oct 25, 2017, 08:19 AM
I caught the two shows in Denver, and my favorite tune was the closer on the first night, It's Your Destiny, an absolute mind-bender.

that's rad, they haven't played much from Slave Ambient this tour it seems.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Oct 25, 2017, 08:56 PM
The DC show was off the charts.  The segues between songs were MMJ-like.  Great setlist, so many great songs, stellar jams, and very cool lights all set the mood and atmosphere right up there with the best of the best.  Thanks Parker for the link.  It has been fun to revisit the show.  They were on the road forever for their last album, and they're bigger and better than ever.  So I predict more US shows in 2018.  I will be there!  oistheone is spot on..... A+

By the way, The Anthem is a new venue in DC, and it outstanding.  DC has never had an MMJ multi night run, but hopefully that will change with this new venue being very appropriate for that.  I've been there twice recently and got perspectives from the floor, the second tier, and third tier.  The back of the floor doesn't even seen too far from the stage.  The top tier is quite high up though.  Plenty of bars with no lines and great selection of beers.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: LBSUNFLWR on Oct 26, 2017, 08:30 AM
https://www.jambase.com/article/the-war-on-drugs-performs-world-cafe-session

The War On Drugs recently set out on tour in support of their new studio album A Deeper Understanding. Last month the Philadelphia-based band stopped by local radio station WXPN to record songs from the album during a live session for World Cafe.

Frontman/guitarist Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, guitarist Anthony LaMarca and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez were just a couple of days into their tour when they assembled at WXPN Studios in Philly back on September 20. Host Talia Schlanger witnessed the group performing the A Deeper Understanding tracks “Pain” and “Knocked Down.” Check out the pair of tunes below:



Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Oct 26, 2017, 11:07 PM
Shug, you said you're looking forward to the next leg..any idea when that will be announced? And do you have any thoughts on what region it will be? I'm down here in FL and we often get left out, hoping that's not the case for this tour.

I got no special info, just going off the fact that the tour for the last album went on for a year and a half at least.  This one should be the same, I'm figuring.

I love hearing all the stoke and passion for the live show, I'm feeling' too!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts, dudes.

I'll be looking for more dates to go to, preferably some more multi night runs wherever they may happen.  Looks like that won't be until March or April at the earliest with the Europe and Australia tours in Nov and Feb. Tempting to try for some of those Dec US dates, but not gonna travel that far for just one show in a city.  I'm sure more dates will be announced in the next few months.  Can't wait for it, gotta see these guys as much as possible this tour, like O and APR said!!

Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: e-stone on Nov 15, 2017, 12:30 PM
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html (https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html)

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Nov 16, 2017, 07:46 PM
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html (https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html)

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.

Great find and thanks for posting!  I will be watching this soon and looking forward to "Under the Pressure" my favorite song of their that they also jammed on in DC.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Nov 19, 2017, 05:52 PM
Yeah, awesome, thanks for finding this, dude!  We watched it last night, captured the live set of this tour with good sound and camera work. Leave it to Northern Europeans to know what to film and how to do it right.

Strangest Thing has that epic guitar solo, such a beautiful song with an emotive Neil Young-like solo that Adam tears it up on. The way this song is played live might be the one to turn on classic roots rockers who are still skeptical or have not yet been able to get past the 80s sheen. Nice to have Thinking Of A Place in the set since we didn't get to hear that at either of the two shows we went to so far.  I can't believe Neil Young fans are not all over this new set of songs especially the way they are played live.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Jackets N Pones on Nov 21, 2017, 05:22 PM
No joke I listened to Strangest Thing at least 5 times today in my truck. Looking forward to this video, thanks for posting.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: iLikeBeer on Nov 22, 2017, 01:56 PM
Strangest Thing is my favorite song on this album!   :beer:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: rkwedge on Nov 25, 2017, 11:48 AM
pro shot vid from their November 2nd show in Amsterdam. 

https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html (https://3voor12.vpro.nl/speel~WO_VPRO_11611392~the-war-on-drugs-afas-live-amsterdam-02nov17~.html)

edit: my GOD "Under the Pressure" is as epic as i remember it being in Denver last month.
Great show, as I figured “Thinking of a Place” is soooooo good live. Thanks for posting this show :beer:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Jan 31, 2018, 08:04 PM
New headlining dates just announced in Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee around some of the festivals!

http://www.thewarondrugs.net/tour
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: iLikeBeer on Feb 04, 2018, 10:31 AM
New headlining dates just announced in Vegas, Tucson, Phoenix, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee around some of the festivals!

http://www.thewarondrugs.net/tour
Definitely hitting the Cleveland show for sure!  It will be my wife's first time seeing them!   :beer:
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Feb 19, 2018, 12:40 PM
They also added a couple other So. Cal shows around Coachella, too.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Apr 10, 2018, 03:21 PM
I saw them again Sunday night in Brooklyn.  Great show as always.  They played two hours, and it seemed like it went by in a flash.  The intro/build up to Under The Pressure was incredibly cool and long.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Apr 11, 2018, 11:50 AM
We have two shows in AZ next week, YEAH!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Murph on Apr 12, 2018, 09:08 AM
I saw them again Sunday night in Brooklyn.  Great show as always.  They played two hours, and it seemed like it went by in a flash.  The intro/build up to Under The Pressure was incredibly cool and long.

I was there also and it was a great show.  Under the Pressure is so epic live.  Strangest Thing is still my favorite from the new album and they killed that one too.  Brought out Craig Finn for a cover of Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like a Martyr, that was cool to see... plus Craig said a new Hold Steady album is almost done!
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: johnnYYac on Apr 12, 2018, 03:01 PM
TWoD were on Late Night with Seth Meyers a few days ago...

Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Apr 12, 2018, 03:35 PM
I was hoping NYCtaper was at the Brooklyn show but they were not. BUT they said there was a stealth taper there so it had me hitting etree up to see if it was posted there. It was not. BUT, I did come across this GORGEOUS recording from late last year that took place in Amsterdam:

https://archive.org/details/twod2017-11-01.flac16

Monster back to back Thinking of a Place & Under Pressure.

enjoy.

(edit: looks like this is the same show that e-stone shared)
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Shug on Apr 13, 2018, 12:34 PM
Looks like Adam got himself a Flying V!  Sweet!  And he's wearing a Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind t-shirt (the album title was reportedly taken from the Warren Zevon song Accidentally Like A Martyr that both Dylan and WOD have covered). 

Really hoping to hear You Don't Have To Go next week.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Apr 13, 2018, 10:44 PM
Looks like Adam got himself a Flying V!  Sweet!  And he's wearing a Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind t-shirt (the album title was reportedly taken from the Warren Zevon song Accidentally Like A Martyr that both Dylan and WOD have covered). 

Really hoping to hear You Don't Have To Go next week.

Nice trivia regarding the shirt Shug.  He was wearing the same shirt in Brooklyn (although I was too far away to see what exactly was on the shirt and wouldn't have known those fact anyway).  Enjoy the AZ shows.

I'm going to check that audio parkervb and am pretty sure that exact show is pro shot video on You Tube that I've seen.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on Apr 13, 2018, 10:45 PM
I saw them again Sunday night in Brooklyn.  Great show as always.  They played two hours, and it seemed like it went by in a flash.  The intro/build up to Under The Pressure was incredibly cool and long.



I was there also and it was a great show.  Under the Pressure is so epic live.  Strangest Thing is still my favorite from the new album and they killed that one too.  Brought out Craig Finn for a cover of Warren Zevon - Accidentally Like a Martyr, that was cool to see... plus Craig said a new Hold Steady album is almost done!

Seems like we have a lot of overlap of shows.  I hope to catch you at one of them down the road.
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: parkervb on Apr 30, 2018, 03:13 PM
i think this is the show APR and Murph:



LOVE that he gives NYCtaper a shout-out! A great live music site and contributor to the music scene in NYC
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: Murph on Apr 30, 2018, 04:45 PM
i think this is the show APR and Murph:



LOVE that he gives NYCtaper a shout-out! A great live music site and contributor to the music scene in NYC

Ohhh awesome.  I'll give this a watch.  Everyone check out the encore, it was really killer.  And you're right, NYCTaper has supplied me with so much music over the years. 
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: APR on May 01, 2018, 07:56 PM
One of the best (if not the best), fan shot combo of video and audio I've ever seen.  I would see these guys again and any and every time I can.  I doubt they'll be playing these small venues in the future though. 
Title: Re: The War on Drugs
Post by: oistheone on May 19, 2018, 05:58 PM
For those up north, check out Hockey Night in Canada tonight for some killer WOD content!