I have had the chance to see Philadelphia band The War On Drugs for a couple of times now – first, at a free show three years ago, when Kurt Vile has just left the group and another time about two years ago as an opener for Sharon Van Etten. Each time I saw the band, I have always come out more and more impressed. With their easy blend of Americana rock, The War Of Drugs have always evoke memories of your favorite classic rock bands, be they Springsteen or The Eagles. I remember thinking every time I see the band, that they’re going to be very big very soon.
With their third full-length Lost In The Dream coming out, The War On Drugs seem to be finally hitting their peak. This is how great I have always imagined the band will become. Lost In The Dream is that grand sweeping American rock album we have been waiting for. While leadman and sole permanent member Adam Granduciel usually writes and records The War On Drugs albums by himself. For Lost In The Dream, Granduciel have invited bassist Dave Hartley and pianist Robbie Bennett to accompany him in its creation. The three, as a band, played the songs making up Lost In The Dream together on a year-long road trip. The result is a record that feels just as free in its structure as it is tight in its cohesiveness. In a world, it just feels wholly right. A fantastic album.
Watch the video for lead single Red Eyes embedded below.
The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream comes out 3/18 via Secretly Canadian (order here)