The War on Drugs, Harley 15.09.11
Some time ago The War on Drugs went into their local record store. Flipping through the A-Z of albums, they got to ‘S’ and found the Springsteen mixed up with the Spiritualized and hey presto!
Originating from Philadelphia The War on Drugs have spent September on a whistle stop tour of Europe and dropped into The Harley on Glossop Road to brandish their shoegazey take on American folk rock.
With a vocal style of Dylan meets Tom Petty meets Neil Young singer songwriter Adam Graduciel throws in a mix of effects drenched synth and pedal driven guitars to create a kind of sonic space folk. Playing tracks from their recent and well reviewed album Slave Ambient they easily win over onlookers with an eclectic hybrid of styles. For the most part songs drone with base and drums whilst an echo washed guitar chimes melodically through the noise, but it is when they swoon into long psych-out jams of synth laden ‘U2 style’ stomps that they really give the good people of The Harley what they want.
The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient, Secretly Canadian 2011
Words by Andy Hunt