At the end of this month, The War On Drugs will return with their new album A Deeper Understanding. It’s a title that accurately describes the band’s latest output. Where the band’s early records saw Adam Granduciel and Co. tinkering and finding their footing, with 2014’s Lost in the Dream and now A Deeper Understanding, the sextet has dialed into a rich vein of expansive and poignant vintage guitar rock.
They’ve found their sound, their groove, to say the least, and the group stopped in Los Angeles to play a KCRW Apogee Session on Saturday (Aug. 5). Opening with “Pain,” the latest single from A Deeper Understanding, the group steadily pieced together the signature War On Drugs sound, with Granduciel’s wall of guitar noise and rhythm section working tightly together while analog synths and saxophones crept into the fray. The group then rolled into several new tracks and covered Warren Zevon’s ballad “Accidentally Like A Martyr.” The cover was a soulful and personal detour for Granduciel who revealed that he listened to the song on repeat while recording A Deeper Understanding. The session ended with an extended jam of “Under The Pressure,” capping off a performance from a band that is very much nearing perfection. Check out photos above courtesy of photographer Larry Hirshowitz.
The War On Drugs are going on tour this fall. Check out all their upcoming tour dates here.
A Deeper Understanding is out Aug. 25 on Atlantic Records.