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War On Drugs

Many bands initially start as a collaboration between two musicians. War On Drugs was built around vocalist/guitarist Adam Granduciel and guitarist Kurt Vile. But how that came about was a bit different.

Granduciel and one-time War On Drugs drummer Mike Zanghi toured in Vile's backing band the Violators. "There is a certain feeling [between us] that nobody else can tap into," said Vile of his working relationship with Granduciel. "We don't really have to tell each other what to play, it just happens."

Following the '08 release of War On Drugs' debut album "Wagonwheel Blues," Vile focused on his solo career. That same year he issued his debut solo set "Constant Hitmakers."

But War On Drugs cost Vile a drummer. "I was lending Mike (Zanghi) to Adam for the (War On Drugs) European tour but then he just played with them all the time," added Vile.

For War On Drugs the drum slot was a game of musical chairs. Kyle Lloyd and later, Charlie Hall departed, though Hall returned in '13. Zanghi took leave in '10 and was replaced by Steven Urgo, followed by Patrick Berkery, who held the post until Hall's second stint.

Prior to the release of '11's critically acclaimed sophomore set, "Slave Ambient," Robbie Bennett joined on keyboards. Three years later, sax/keyboard player Jon Natchez and guitarist/keyboardist Anthony LaMarca were added to the line-up.
"Lost In A Dream" also dropped in '14. Rolling Stone magazine listed the set as the 23rd best album of the year.

Having signed a two album deal with Atlantic Records, War On Drugs issued "A Deeper Understanding." The '17 release was produced by Granduciel and Shawn Everett, a Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer.
War On Drugs Discography

Studio Albums:

2008 Wagonwheel Blues
2011 Slave Ambient
2014 Lost in the Dream
2017 A Deeper Understanding


2007 Barrel Of Batteries
2010 Future Weather

Working the heady Rock vein, War On Drugs navigate the channels employed by Gaslight Anthem, Arcade Fire and Verve.

Also see Kurt Vile.

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