Tuesday’s are funny days. In most cases I hate Tuesday far worse than I hate Monday’s. I don’t really have a point to make here just a casual dumb statement from the mind of me. Tuesday’s suck, but one good thing came out of yesterday’s specific Tuesday, The War on Drugs. Dum dum dummmm. Now I’m not here to give you a lecture about the pot you hide in your sock drawer or under your mattress, I’m giving you the good tuneage to listen to while you may or may not use said drugs. An indie rock outfit who embraces mellow sounds and intense euphoria, The War On Drugs might just be the next big thing.
Best Night – The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs most recent release is called “Slave Ambient.” It has all kinds of goods. It has the elements of a great 60’s/ 70’s classic rock record mixed with awesome effects and synth touches we have come to love from modern indie rock. Bright guitars and cool laid back vocals are the keys to this record. Easy going back beats with keen bass work all come together for me on this record. Upon first listen I was immediatly hooked. This is music I like to listen to. This is the kind of stuff when you play it in your office on re-peat people ask you “who are these guys.” And then you say nothing and just point to the album cover on your spotify.
I Was There – The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs is from Philedelphia PA. Current members include Adam Granduciel who seems to be a jack of all trades on vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards and samplers. He is joined by Dave Hartley on bass and other guitars and Mike Zanghi on drums, percussion and sampler. Past members included Kurt Vile who had some fame on his own with his solo project and was recently chosen by Animal Collective to perform at this years All Tomorrow’s Parties. But he’s not in the band any more so enough about him. Stripped down to three members this record doesn’t sound like it at all. With all the samples and loops coming from all different directions its easy to get lost in the harmonic and euphoric over load.
It’s Your Destiny – The War On Drugs
I read a bunch of reviews (pitchforks rave review is here) and people dig this band just as much as I do. I think it brings new appreciation to a tired classic rock folk scene elevating it to a new level while keeping the continuity from past to present. It’s almost as if they are re-inventing the wheel in the best way possible. These are new sounds for a new generation who happen to love the music of the old generation.
Come to The City – The War On Drugs
The theme of Americana runs steadily throughout this record. This music is well traveled. There is experience behind the words. Ramblin’ and drifting as is quoted from that last track “Come to The City” seems to be what it’s all about. This music will put your ass in a euphoric trance from first track to last simple as that and I don’t think I’m alone in saying it’s pretty rare for bands to do that these days. I listen to this record (for the 4th time now) and each time I hear something new in the songs and bob my head along even more so than the first or second time.
Baby Missiles – The War On Drugs
I’m excited to see where this band goes from here. They have a pretty extensive tour in the works hitting Europe and multiple spots in the US. Having already appeared on big time indie music blogs (this one included) I wouldn’t be surprised is these guys blew up more than actual Baby Missiles (hilarious/ terrible to think about, but your thinking about it already so you might as well chuckle).
Their tour page is HERE if you can read it. I had to squint so hopefully they fix that shit soon because I have a feeling people are going to want to see them live. They are playing The Satellite Lounge in LA on October 22nd and at 10 bones a ticket it’s 100% completely and utterly worth it to go and go twice. I bought a pair of tickets already so basically if you have a poor excuse for a credit card like me you don’t have an excuse not to.
Black Water Falls – The War On Drugs
That was the last track. I would give these guys some serious attention. I know I say a lot of bubbly good things about a lot (all) of the bands I write about and I mean it all, I really do. Once in a while a band comes around that has the potential to do a little more damage than your average small rock club indie band. Mark my words. Let them get some shows under their belts and soon they will be playing big venues in a city near you. They have a sound that people have liked for decades. They have taken that sound and turned it on its ass… so you should listen to them. It’s as simple as that. Oh yea and buy their record here.
By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC