THE WAR ON DRUGS

Philadelphia's The War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then -- with each song -- they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what's absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of fucked up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.

Basketball & Rock ‘n’ Roll: Dave Hartley Interviews Paul Shirley

You all know Dave Hartley as The War On Drugs’ bass player and for his solo endeavor, Nightlands, but today, we refer to him as the great interviewer. Dave’s a bit of a basketball enthusiast and his love for and knowledge of the game has led to his Death Dunk column in Impose Magazine. His most recent installment includes an interview with the ever-animated Paul Shirley, a former NBA pro. With a tag-line of “The NBA bench-warmer and author can’t get fired again from ESPN, but tries in our interview,” Dave never falters from asking the hard questions.

In their lengthy chat, Dave and Paul swap questions concerning both basketball and music. Paul reveals himself to be somewhat of a rarity in the NBA, sharing his feelings of isolation that led him to seek out music. Read the full interview HERE.

Want to know what Paul Shirley thinks of The War On Drugs? Sure yah do. He tells you all about it in Music For Men: The War On Drugs.

Stay tuned for some exciting Nightlands news!!!

THE SASSIEST: The War On Drugs in the Best of Interviews

It’s The War On Drugs in the sassiest interview to come our way. Vice caught up with Adam and Dave while they were at Oya Festival last month and sat down for quite the chit-chat. We’ll let the boys do that talking –> enjoy above.

The War On Drugs have a couple of shows with The Walkmen in October and will end the year with performances at Tokyo’s Hostess Club Weekender and Austin City Limits Festival. Dates HERE.

WATCH: The War On Drugs Cover The Waterboys

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve seen some pretty big performances from The War On Drugs. Whether it’s been Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Primavera or any of the other summer festivals, TWOD have proved no stage is too big for these dudes to conquer. Today, KEXP takes us on a different route, capturing Adam and Dave in quite a special number. Set in the woods of the Pendarvis farm during Pickathon, they offer a stripped down version of The Waterboys’ “A Pagan Place”. Watch above. ***Keep watching after the credits.

Be sure to catch The War On Drugs on tour! Dates listed below!

TOUR DATES:
10/04/12 Washington, DC930 Club w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/06/12 Philadelphia, PAElectric Factory w/ The Walkmen BUY TICKETS
10/12/12 Austin, TXAustin City Limits Festival BUY TICKETS

WATCH: The War On Drugs at Primavera Sound, Dates with The Walkmen Added

Did you miss The War On Drugs this past weekend at Primavera Sound in Barcelona!? Don’t fret! We’ve got an awesome video of them performing “Take the Farm” from their debut album, Wagonwheel Blues! Watch above!

If you’re headed to Bonnaroo this weekend, don’t miss these dudes! They’ll perform at 3:30 PM on Sunday, June 10th at This Tent.

Lastly, we are stoked to announce WOD will open for The Walkmen in their hometown of Philadelphia, as well as Washington DC. See all dates HERE.

AUDIO

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Baby Missiles by The War On Drugs

TOUR DATES

12/03/14
Portland, OR - A December To Remember @ Crystal Ballroom

12/08/14
Melbourne, AU - 170 Russel

12/10/14
Brisbane, AU - The Zoo

12/11/14
Melbourne, AU - Hi-Fi Bar

12/13/14
Sydney, AU - Metro Theater

12/15/14
Sydney, AUS - Metro Theatre

12/16/14
Melbourne, AUS - 170 Russel

See all upcoming shows

AGENT CONTACT

U.S.:
Ryan Craven, The Windish Agency
ryan@windishagency.com

International:
James Alderman, Free Trade Agency
jamesa@freetradeagency.co.uk