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