The War on Drugs add 2014 U.S. tour dates

War On Drugs

War On Drugs


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The War on Drugs have announced new U.S. tour dates in continued support of their latest album, Lost in the Dream. The Philly rockers’ ginormous stateside leg begins July 27th at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and runs through mid-October. Along the way, they’ll be playing a number of festival dates, including Hopscotch and Boston Calling.

The band’s schedule already includes a rather lengthy European jaunt spread throughout the summer and fall, plus appearances at the Primavera Sound, Glastonbury, and Pukkelpop festivals.

Consult the full schedule below. Then, revisit the hilarious video for lead single “Red Eyes”.

(Read: The War on Drugs: Journey Towards Clarity)

The War on Drugs 2914 Tour Dates:
05/15 – Cologne, DE @ Gebaude 9
05/16 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
05/17 – Malmö, SE @ Mejeriet
05/18 -Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Medis
05/19 -Goteborg, SE @ Pustervik
05/20 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
05/21 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
05/23 – Berlin, DE @ Bi Nuu
05/24 – Utrecht, NL @ LGW
05/25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
05/26 – Paris, FR @ Fleche D’Or
05/27 – London, UK @ Koko
05/28 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
05/29 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar St
05/30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
05/31 – Philadelphia, PA @ Roots Picnic
06/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ 50 Kent – Northside Summer Series
06/21 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/22 – Duisburg, DE @ Traumzeit Fest
06/25 – Brighton, UK @ Concord 2
06/25- 06/29 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
06/28 – Norrköping, SE @ Bråvalla Fest
07/12 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive
07/15 – Sesto al Reghena, IT @ Sexto ‘N Pluggedn
07/16 – Sestri Levante, IT @ Mojoticbo
07/18 – Tønsberg, NO @ Slottsfjell Festival
07/18- 07/20 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Fest
07/19 – Tromsø, NO @ Bukta Open Air Festival
07/27 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
07/29 – Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw Theatre
08/01-022 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
08/14 – Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock
08/14- 08/17 – Powys, UK @ Green Man Festival
08/15 – Kiewit-Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop
09/04 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
09/07 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
09/13 – Burlington, VT @ Grant Point North Festival
09/14 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Folk Fest
09/15 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
09/16 -Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
09/17 -Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
09/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Downtown Festival: House of Blues
09/20 -Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
09/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
09/22 -Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
09/24 -Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
09/26 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
09/27 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
09/28 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
10/01 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
10/04 – Sacramento, CA @ TBD Festival
10/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/09 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
10/10 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
10/11 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
10/12 -St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room
10/13 -Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
10/15 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel

The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream Album

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Philadelphia band The War On Drugs, whose last album, Slave Ambient, was one of the standout releases of 2011, returned in March with Lost In The Dream.

Lost In The Dream Secretly Canadian | CD-DL-LP – The third album by Philly space rock auteur Adam Granduciel reclaims the ’80s.

The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005. The band consists of Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett and Patrick Berkery.

The War On Drugs’ creative fulcrum Adam Granduciel once declared the first record he ever bought was Phil Collins’ … But Seriously. When it comes to challenging conventional wisdom about supposedly discredited ’80s musical tropes, Granduciel has form: 2011’s Slave Ambient dipped into the future-curious sound of Bruce Springsteen circa Born In The USA and Tunnel Of Love, coating The War On Drugs’ pellucid space rock with earthy grit.

Now, still oozing the romance of the tarmac, Lost In The Dream heightens this process by layering both the lush textures and the meditative choogle, through which Granduciel’s hallucinatory hobo stumbles – “Like a train in reverse down a dark road,” he notes amid Eyes To The Wind, a mid-tempo Zimmer-train of pedal steel, piano and ARP analog synths, plausibly evoking Spiritualized covering The Traveling Wilburys. It gets pretty trippy on the highway.

“A triumph of emotive feel amid neurotic detail.”

Ever since co-founder Kurt Vile bailed following 2008’s debut Wagonwheel Blues, The War On Drugs is Granduciel’s show, and this grandiloquent 60-minute whirl took 15 months to piece together, utilising eight studios across five states, in addition to Granduciel’s home in Philadelphia. Occasionally the author drops ghostly interjections from his demo tapes: for instance, amid opener Under The Pressure, 8’52″ of beach-bum motorik nirvana hooked around the daddy of all recurring piano riffs, subliminal sax and featuring a teasing mid-point breakdown that’s built for the massed groovy head-nod.

Admirers of Granduciel’s previous forays along E Street won’t be disappointed. The urgent road rock of Red Eyes hooks onto Springsteen’s Suicide fixation, a sibling to Slave Ambient’s Baby Missiles but on a broader canvas with smoother edges. Likewise Burning, a phased memory of Dancing In The Dark, right down to its narrator’s earnest self-therapy – “I’m just a burning man/Trying to keep his shit from turning over again” – and Granduciel’s exultant “Wooo!”

More startling, amid the primacy of keyboard lattices, are the frequent invocations of Mark Knopfler, another inimitable rock practitioner oft tainted by proximity to the 1980s. It makes sense that a Dylan obsessive like Granduciel should acknowledge a love for Slow Train Coming’s guitarist, though perhaps less forseeable that it should be the spirit of the Knopf urging the transcendent seven-minute charge of An Ocean Between The Waves, lead guitar lines dancing like mayflies on an infinite arc.

One misstep aside – Disappearing, where Granduciel over-eggs the Linn drums and it all gets a bit Bruce Hornsby – right to the final decayed note, Lost In The Dream is a triumph of emotive feel amid neurotic detail: immaculately conceived big music for little people. The sort who are, as the title track has it, “lost in the dream, or just the silence of the moment”. Tramps like us, in other words.

Listen: The War on Drugs: “Red Eyes” (via SoundCloud)