War On Drugs "A Deeper Understanding"

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The War On Drugs: A Deeper Understanding. Out now, published in Australia by Gaga Music via Rough Trade Publishing.

A Deeper Understanding is the band’s first album since 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, releasing 11-minute track Thinking of a Place, as the album’s first single. For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs’ frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for the band as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker—but, above all, to busy himself in work.

Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today’s modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates – bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez — continuously throughout the process, the result is a “band record” in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel’s gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights.

The War on Drugs will be touring in February as part of Laneway Festival, as well as sell out side shows. Ticket info here.

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