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The War on Drugs

This episode of World Cafe features a local band that's been gaining a lot of buzz, both here and across the pond.

With lyrical and vocal techniques reminiscent of Petty, Springsteen, and Dylan and the blazing guitar rifts of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine, Philadelphia trio The War on Drugs plays retrospective music in a progressive manner. Founding members Adam Granduciel and Kurt Vile met at a party and indulged in their mutual admiration for Bob Dylan. The two would soon begin recording together. Granduceil’s gritty vocals are supported by the band’s dreamy ambience, inventing a masterful soundscape. With their full-length debut, "Wagonwheel Blues", the band experimented with various sounds and influences, blending noisy distortions and roots rock.

Though Kurt Vile has left the band and other line up changes have occurred, The War on Drugs have been steadily building an audience--locally and abroad--in the past few years. Their latest release, "Slave Ambient", has them embarking on an extensive tour both in the States and abroad. "Slave Ambient" is a hearty dose of rock 'n' roll, with plenty of side influences. From the expertly placed synthesizers and bold electric guitars to the undercurrents of country rock and old pop ditties, "Slave Ambient" is just plain stimulating. After being under construction for four years, recorded in Granduciel's home studio here in Philly, "Slave Ambient" is entrancing audiences right and left, making Pitchfork's list of best new music.


Recent Release: Slave Ambient
Release Date: August 16, 2011
Label: Secretly Canadien

Band Origin: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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