Live In-Studio: The War on Drugs

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Adam Granduciel, frontman for <em>The War on Drugs</em>
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Back in 2005, a young musician named Adam Granduciel moved to Philadelphia to join the music scene there. “I was like an extreme hobbyist,” he remembers, never thinking a career in music was within reach. He recorded a couple EPs independently. When the record label Secretly Canadian came calling, he says he was shocked. “They were like, ‘Hey, do you want to do a whole record?’ and I was like, ‘What do you mean? I don’t know what you’re talking about.’”

The War on Drugs has always been at once a band and a solo project. The band’s sophomore effort, Slave Ambient, was successful enough that Granduciel quit his day job to focus on making his next record. “Finally, it was like all I had to do was make this album,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “And I was just thinking about inspiration and what’s your purpose? What’s anyone’s purpose? What’s my purpose?”

The answer to those questions is Lost in the Dream. The new album is filled with music that you want to drive to — and keep driving, all night long. The influence of Bob Dylan is undeniable, although Granduciel claims that he came to his “guru” relatively late. At 23 and experiencing intense heartache, he discovered Blood on the Tracks. “It’s more than just ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’” he realized. “And that’s when I just fell into the hole.”

The War on Drugs performs live in Studio 360: with Adam Granduciel (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Dave Hartley (bass), Robbie Bennett (piano), and Anthony LaMarca (drums).


Bonus Track: “Under the Pressure” live in Studio 360

Music Playlist

  1. Red Eyes

    Artist: The War on Drugs
    Album: Red Eyes
    Label: Secretly Canadian
  2. Eyes To The Wind

    Artist: The War on Drugs
    Album: Lost In The Dream
  3. Lost In The Dream

    Artist: The War on Drugs
    Album: Lost In The Dream