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Posted Jun 9th, 2011 (10:02 am) by Ross Condit

The War on Drugs is a hot up & comer that you should be listening to. If you could combine Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan, with a touch of the Rolling Stones, you’d get The War on Drugs (literally and figuratively). It’s complex mix of old school rock and new school samples.

Although they didn’t formally become The War on Drugs until 2005, the band revved up when Adam Granduciel moved to Philly in 2003, met Kurt Vile (yes, THAT Kurt Vile) and the two began playing together. Prior to this partnership, Granduciel played guitar and (briefly) bass for indie rockers, The Capitol Years. Vile, of course, has several solo albums to his credit (2011’s Smoke Ring For My Halo is his latest). The lineup has undergone a few changes (including Kurt Vile vacating by the end of 2008). Curreently, the bands consists of Granduciel (on vocals, guitar, harmonica, keys), Dave Hartley (bass & guitars), and Mike Zanghi (drums).

Their newest album, Slave Ambient, comes out on August 16th. Of the several tracks I’ve listened to, each one registers slightly different influences. All of the tracks have something unique to offer a listener. Check”Baby Missiles” from the new one below, and a few from their past albums. Take a gander at the band’s tour dates to catch ‘em live too.

THE WAR ON DRUGS TOUR DATES:
Thu. Aug. 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Fri. Aug. 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Sat. Aug. 20 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sun. Aug. 21 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue. Aug. 23 - Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 24 - Toronto, ON @ TBD
Thu. Aug. 25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Aug. 26 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
Sat. Aug. 27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Sun. Aug. 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Aug. 30 - St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club at St. Louis University
Wed. Aug. 31 - Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Thu. Sep. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sep. 2 - Washington, DC @ Red Palace
Thu. Sep. 8 - Lisbon, Portugal @ Terraza Hotel Regency
Fri. Sep. 9 - San Sebastian, Spain @ Club Victoria Eugenia
Sun. Sep. 11 - Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Megafaun
Mon. Sep. 12 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate Festival w/ Megafaun
Tue. Sep. 13 - London, UK @ Lexington
Wed. Sep. 14 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Thu. Sep. 15 - Sheffield, UK @ Drowned In Sound presents at The Harley
Fri. Sep. 16 - Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Sep. 17 - Brussels, Belgium @ AB club
Tue. Sep. 20 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Wed. Sep. 21 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotelbaren
Thu. Sep. 22 - Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
Fri. Oct. 14 - Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival

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