Artist of the Day: The War on Drugs

posted by Matt Jarrells on 09/18/2017

September 18, 2017

Acclaimed rock band The War on Drugs just released A Deeper Understanding, the band's fourth studio album. Based in Philadelphia, the group was formed in 2005 by Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile.  The band name was an idea that Granduciel had thought of years earlier while living in Oakland.  He sitting around his apartment writing with a friend and "it just came out and we were like 'hey good band name'". So when it came time to form the band it was either that "or The Rigatoni Danzas."   The band released the EP Barrel of Batteries for free online in 2008, followed by their full-length debut Wagon Wheel Blues later that year.

Vile amicably left the band to pursue a successful solo career, while Granduciel produced Slave Ambient in 2012.  The third album, 2014's Lost in the Dream, charted on the Billboard chart and drew many best of the year accolades.

Granduciel worked again with Vile as a member of the Violators, the backing band for Vile's solo work. Granduciel also worked with Sharon Van Etten on her 2014 album Are We There. The band is set to tour this fall in support of the album.

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