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The War on Drugs ::: 94/7 Session ::: 8.3.14




Although it's a very popular cliche in the music industry to refer to a band's rise to fame as "meteoric," using such adjectives to describe The War on Drugs would probably be something of a misnomer. Since forming in 2005, the Pennsylvania band had already managed to build a modest following and garnered critical acclaim for their first two albums. But it wasn't until this year's release of the single, Red Eyes, that the band finally attained the critical mass needed to propel them into the limelight. On Sunday, Portlanders got to experience this first-hand when the band came to Mississippi Studios for the latest 94/7 Session - and arguably one of the best Sessions in recent memory.
 
Fresh off of two appearances at Pickathon earlier that weekend, it would be pretty forgivable if the band wanted to phone it in for a free show on a Sunday afternoon. But that's not how The War on Drugs rolls. They took their time during soundcheck to make sure their sound was really dialed-in, and when they took the stage, they proceeded to rock through one of the longest, hardest-rocking sets we've seen at a 94/7 Session.
 
Although the catchiness of the band's blend of indie rock and shoegazer comes through on their records, hearing a song like Red Eyes live, you pick up on the slightly Dylan-esque quality of lead singer Adam Granduciel's voice and a raw energy that the recorded version only alludes to. I try not to get too crazy on the hyperbole, but I think it'd be accurate to characterize their set as "face-meltingly good." I don't know how America's doing with the actual War on Drugs, but THE War on Drugs is definitely winning.


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08/05/2014 11:28AM
The War on Drugs ::: 94/7 Session ::: 8.3.14
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