Release Date: Nov 20, 2020
Record label: Super High Quality Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
There is something uniquely wondrous about experiencing The War on Drugs live. The Philly band released their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, back in 2008 and it only proved that they were onto something big; the six-piece band bravely expanded the definition of what it means to fully embody the genre of rock. Wagonwheel Blues was a muddling of folk, of country, of bluegrass. Frontman Adam Granduciel can captivate anyone with his wistful vocals and deft songwriting as demonstrated on the band’s follow-up records: 2011’s Slave Ambient, 2014’s Lost in the Dream, and 2017’s Grammy-award winning A Deeper Understanding.
There's a phenomenon at the heart of the War on Drugs' music called the crossover: the point when one moment folds into another. You can hear it in most of their songs. Sometimes it's evoked in their steady-marching swells, which can sound like the last sliver of rooftop fading out of focus in the U-Haul's rearview mirror, or the last flicker of candlelight atop a birthday cake.