The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs released their fourth full-length album, A Deeper Understanding (Atlantic Records), in August of 2017. A Deeper Understanding is the band’s first album since 2014’s universally acclaimed Lost In The Dream, and is their debut album with Atlantic. Following the Record Store Day release of the 11-minute “Thinking of a Place,” The War On Drugs presented the album’s lead single, “Holding On.”
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 his Philadelphia-based sextet 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, resulted in 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.