Artist of the Week: The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band originally founded in 2005 by close collaborators Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile. Shortly after releasing their first album, 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, Kurt left the band to start his own (and successful) solo career. The band currently consists of Adam Granduciel (vocals and guitar), David Hartley (bass and guitar), Robbie Bennett (keyboards and guitar) and Patrick Berkery (drums).
The departure of Kurt Vile from the band didn’t really changed The War on Drugs’ take on indie rock: a fine mixture of Dylan/Petty/Springsteen storytelling with guitars that owe as much to My Bloody Valentine as to Sonic Youth. The fact is that Adam Granduciel was the frontman and main composer of the band since day one and both 2010’s Future Weather and 2011’s Slave Ambient are nothing less than a pair cohesive records that further cement their ability to bridge different traditions (classic rock and indie rock) with a difference of two decades in between them.
Lost in the Dream, their fourth and recently released album, is nevertheless a tremendous quantum leap for the Philadelphia quartet: an expansive, extremely nuanced and flawless collection of songs that fade into each other in a relentless and dreamy movement.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.