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Getting To Know: The War on Drugs

By Adam Granduciel; photo by Dusdin Condren on March 28, 2014

 

Getting To Know: The War on Drugs

 

OUR BAND’S SPIRIT ANIMAL


My pitbull, Josie!  

 

OUR LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE UNIVERSE IS


Ugh, I hate when I ask to rent a Vox AC30/6TB and I get a newer Chinese-made one! 

 

ON THE ROAD 

 

At the tail end of our six-week tour with Destroyer in early 2011, crossing back into the US from Canada in some small Montana town, we found ourselves at the top of a mountain in a state park with about 15-to-20-foot snow drifts on either side. We were the only car for miles and miles, visibility was awful, and if we and had slid off, we definitely would not have been found for days or weeks. I was driving and I probably didn't go faster than 10 mph for three hours. FUN!! Finally, at the base of the mountain we found a Native American–run gas station/casino where we all bought a ton of fried chicken and ate the shit out of it while I lost 15 dollars at a gambling machine.  

 

 

WORST SHOW EVER

 

Well, I'm sure there are plenty of opinions on this, but for me it was at the Mercury Lounge in 2007. We didn't have a steady drummer back then but the one we brought with us that night was also celebrating his birthday. We hit traffic and got to the club very late, drank a lot pretty quickly and I think we were all close to blacked-out by the time we hit the stage. He wasn't supposed to play on the first song and as I started strumming “Barrel of Batteries” he started shredding on the drums, out of time, and when I turned to him he was just grinning and maybe even drooling. Then later, as I was doing my best Alan Vega chain-whipping without the chain, my mic stand fell over and the people there thought I was trying to break their gear. Like I didn't already have enough broken gear in my life. So then we were "banned" from the Mercury, but thankfully it was never really enforced ’cause we’ve had a lot of great shows there over the years and always love playing there.  

 

 

 

BEST SHOW EVER

 

We played in Sydney a few nights ago and it was definitely one of our best shows... Loud and loose. A Philadelphia native was in the audience and exclaimed that a new song we had just played was "the greatest hoagie I’ve ever heard!!" Then he bought us a round of Sailor Jerry shots.  

 

DREAM COLLABORATION

 

John Fry!  

 

WE’LL KNOW WE’VE MADE IT WHEN…


There's a War on Drugs pinball machine in Ryan Adams's house.  

 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC

 

Driving alone at night… 


3 ALBUMS THAT INSPIRED THE WAR ON DRUGS TO MAKE MUSIC


Velvet Underground

White Light/White Heat

(1968)

 

 

 

 

 


The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Are You Experienced?

(1967)

 

 

 

 

 


Bruce Springsteen

Born in the U.S.A.

(1984)