The War on Drugs

Adam GranducielVocals, guitar2005-
David HartleyBass2005-
Robbie BennettKeyboards2010-
Charlie HallDrums2008, 2013-
Jon NatchezSaxophone, keyboards2014-
Anthony LaMarcaGuitar2014-
Kurt VileElectric guitar2005-2009

The War on Drugs Artistfacts

  • Granduciel explains the band name origin: "My friend Julian and I came up with it a few years ago over a couple bottles of red wine and a few typewriters when we were living in Oakland. We were writing a lot back then, working on a dictionary, and it just came out and we were like 'hey, good band name?' So eventually when I moved to Philadelphia and got a band together I used it. It was either that or The Rigatoni Danzas. I think we made the right choice. I always felt though that it was the kind of name I could record all sorts of different music under without any sort of predictability inherent in the name." >>
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  • The War on Drugs' debut album Wagonwheel Blues was a collaboration between Adam Granduciel and his then-musical partner Kurt Vile. When Vile left shortly after its release to focus on his solo career, Granduciel assumed complete creative control of the band.
  • Adam Granduciel is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he studied painting and photography.
  • The War On Drugs' 2014 Lost in the Dream record topped numerous end-of-year lists of the best albums, including those of Consequence of Sound, Uncut, Q magazine, Paste and Under the Radar. In addition it came top of Metacritic's compilation of 139 different Top Ten lists for 2014 published by a variety of music sources.
  • Adam Granduciel was plagued for three or four years by a chronic back problem. It started out as a bulging disc, but gradually escalated from annoying too debilitating. By October 2016, when he was trying to complete A Deeper Understanding, the agony was unbearable.

    "It was bad, bad, bad, bad, bad," he told Q Magazine. "I was in pain all the time. I couldn't sit in a chair for more than a couple of minutes. I couldn't stand and hold a guitar for more than a minute. I was 8 months into making the record and I had to get it fixed or I wouldn't have been able to get it done."

    The War on Drugs frontman finally had surgery November 2016 and his ordeal inspired the song "Pain."


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