War on Drugs - Live Drugs
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RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 20, 2020
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The War On Drugs will release LIVE DRUGS, their first new album since 2017's GRAMMY-winning A Deeper Understanding, on November 20th via Super High Quality Records, bandleader Adam Granduciel's own record label. LIVE DRUGS is a collection culled from over 40 hard drives of recorded live shows spread out across years of touring behind multiple albums. It's the first volume to capture the band's live interpretations and a document showcasing the evolution of the band's live show over the years. It's also a portrait of the enduring relationship between Granduciel and LIVE DRUGS's co-producer Dominic East, a longtime friend, guitar tech and stage manager. Today, they present its lead single, 'Pain (Live),' 'a hypnotic and excellent blast of heartland rock' (Entertainment Weekly).
LIVE DRUGS is sequenced to reflect how a typical 70-minute show would flow. It thrives on live set staples immortalized on record for the first time and illustrates how years of live performance nurtures an evolution of the songs. This includes 'Buenos Aires Beach' from the band's 2008 full-length debut, Wagonwheel Blues, and a cover of Warren Zevon's 'Accidentally like a Martyr.' An early live version of A Deeper Understanding's 'Strangest Thing' feels joyfully loose; Granduciel fell in love with this version while going through the recordings with mental notes of memorable shows. On the last five minutes of the live favorite, 'Under the Pressure,' a crowd of 20,000 people are heard singing along to the extended guitar melody. Or take 'Eyes to the Wind,' the version heard here has grown wholly independent of the version found on Lost in the Dream.