With a sound that has been compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits, but is still all their own, The War on Drugs has been one of the most addictive rock bands in recent years. Although the band has been around since 2005, it has seen the most success through much of the current decade.
The War on Drugs was started by friends Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile while they were living in Philadelphia. Other musicians eventually joined the duo on bass, drums and organ. Following the release of the band's debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, Vile elected to leave, as he was more concerned with getting his fledgling solo career off the ground. Much of the Wagonwheel Blues lineup had left by the time the band's second album, Slave Ambient, had been released. However, the strong critical notices such as a "Best New Music" designation from Pitchfork, meant that Granduciel was still developing into one of the most intriguing songwriters in the indie rock scene. This was proven even further with the release of Lost in the Dream in 2014. One of the most acclaimed albums of its release year, the album fused heartland rock songwriting with shoegaze sonics. The acclaim and commercial success of this album got The War on Drugs noticed by major label Atlantic Records, who they joined for a two-album deal. The first album of the deal was the band's most recent 2017 A Deeper Understanding. There's no sign that being on a major label has caused the band to compromise its sound, as A Deeper Understandng is as complex as anything that The War on Drugs has made. It has also done extremely well, peaking at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album.
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Will The War on Drugs tour in 2019?
The War on Drugs does not have any upcoming tour dates listed, for 2019 or beyond. The group's most recent tour concluded at the end of 2018.
What can I expect from The War on Drugs?
These days, it can seem like concerts are all about flashiness and not so much about music. The War on Drugs bucks that trend by providing audiences with unadulterated, beautiful rock music. The professionalism of Granduciel and his band is a major draw, as is the band's instrumental diversity, which includes instruments like the saxophone and bass clarinet.
How long is a War on Drugs concert?
The War on Drugs concerts tend to last up to two hours. Even though its catalog isn't huge, it does have quite a few lengthy songs. The pacing of the setlist and the talent on display make it feel like time is flying by, yet also standing still.
What is The War on Drugs' tour setlist like?
The War on Drugs tour setlist tends to cover all of its studio albums in some respect. However, the majority of the setlist is devoted to the two most recent and popular albums, A Deeper Understanding and Lost in the Dream. Songs that are most frequently played at the band's shows include "Red Eyes," "Under the Pressure," "An Ocean in Between the Waves," "Eyes to the Wind" and "Baby Missiles."
Does The War on Drugs Perform Covers?
The War on Drugs shows its influences, not only in its sound, but also in the covers the band performs. Among the artists it has covered include Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, The Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and Neil Young.
Where Does The War on Drugs Perform?
The War on Drugs typically performs at theaters and sizable concert halls. Some of the places it has appeared at include Union Transfer, the Fox Theater and the Paramount Theatre. One of the biggest venues the band has performed at is the Hollywood Bowl, with Alvvays.Back to Top