The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs at The Ritz, Manchester
The War On Drugs
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Adam Granduciel is behind one of the year’s best records. ‘Lost In The Dream’, the latest album from the Philadelphia resident’s project The War On Drugs, delighted the rock press upon its release in March. The fawning words of the reviewers were matched by reactions of fans old and new. As they speed to the end of an extensive and exhausting year on the road The War On Drugs land at Manchester Ritz on 7th November. Granduciel’s emotional songs will billow through the old venue like clouds in the wind.
If anything, it’s ironic that the songs on ‘Lost In The Dream’ are so well suited to a live setting – they were written amidst feelings of displacement and turmoil caused by months of touring. Granduciel’s last album as The War On Drugs, ‘Slave Ambient’, resulted in an upsurge in exposure for someone who worked for a Turkish rug company between tours. The break-up of his relationship bled into ‘Lost In The Dream’ too. In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, he admitted "I found myself totally isolated, emotionally and physically, from both myself and my community." Still, Granduciel made his best album yet, one full of cosmic psych and drive-time rock that seems to take off on-stage.
The War On Drugs’ live incarnation features a tightly focused band complete with keys and brass. Having starred at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival in May, their summer schedule includes a performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage. As one of the most elegant venues in the city, Manchester Ritz will offer fans a more intimate experience with The War On Drugs.
Before ‘Lost In The Dream’ The War On Drugs operated on a rather smaller scale. Granduciel and Philadelphian singer Kurt Vile hung out together and gravitated towards each other’s musical endeavours, playing in each other’s bands and recording together. The first War On Drugs album was 2008’s ‘Wagonwheel Blues’, the ‘Barrel Of Batteries’ EP was released in the same year. By the end of 2008, Kurt Vile had left the band to pursue his own solo career. 2011 brought about the release of ‘Slave Ambient’ and the first steps towards a new life for Granduciel.
‘Lost In The Dream’ represents further change. Acclaim and adoration have followed The War On Drugs throughout 2014, find out why when they hit The Ritz.