The War on Drugs appeared on the Seattle radio station KEXP to perform four songs from their new album, Lost in the Dream. You can watch the video above.
On each song, frontman Adam Granduciel sings with a Bob Dylan like sneer and wails on his guitar with a spacey effect. Fittingly, the band performs in front of a black background with lights that look like stars. They begin their set with "An Ocean In Between the Waves," where Granduciel solos three times. After the song, host becomes emotional, stating that she alway tears up when she hears that track.
They then play "Eyes to the Wind," which they dedicate to a police officer for pulling over their van, but let them go without a fine. The gentle piano chords and the use of the ride cymbal gives the song an American heartland feel, sounding like a track from Springsteens' The River.
After the song, Granduciel explains the recording and writing process for the new album. He talks about using the strengths of his band members and knowing what instrument he wants them to play. Then, he talks about the intensive recording process. While "Eyes to the Wind" took a few minutes to write, it took about a year to record. He states, "When I first had the idea, I knew kinda what the song meant to me. I knew it had a feeling or a magic about it. I guess the recording process is about trying to like unlock that feeling."
After the brief interview, the band plays "Red Eyes," which begins with pounding tom-toms and the strumming of an acoustic guitar. There's an earthy vibe that's reminiscent of The Feelies' album The Good Earth. The band then rocks out by the band's second verse.
Their last song of the set is the gorgeous ballad "Suffering." The song sounds like an '80s R&B track that you could slow dance to.
Lost in the Dream is available now through Secretly Canadian and you can stream it here on Zumic.
War on Drugs KEXP Set Times:
"An Ocean Between The Waves" - 00:34
"Eyes To The Wind" - 8:27
"Interview" - 14:13
"Red Eyes" - 22:18
"Suffering" - 28:31
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Source: KEXP YouTube Channel