I first heard the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band The War on Drugs on CBC late-night radio in around 2017, and bought the album A Deeper Understanding, released that year. Since then, I’ve also heard them on KEXP Seattle and purchased one song from an earlier issue, Lost in the Dream (2014).
The singer, Adam Granduciel, who founded the band with now-former member Kurt Vile, has a touch of Bob Dylan in his voice, or at least I think so. My oldest brother is a Dylan fan from way back; as I mentioned in this post back in February. As I said, he and another brother travelled to the UK from Canada on a weekend to see him in concert! That’s dedication!! Anyway, am I right in that, regarding the voices? I’m looking forward to hearing my brother’s take during our next conversation. He calls me often to go over his observations about stuff I’ve posted, and things he’s learned from my missives (my word, not his… he’s loving in his compliments and observations).
Let me know what you think about the voice similarities, too… either on my Facebook post or here on the post, in that lonely comments section, below.
The War on Drugs definitely have mainstream radio appeal, but they also have a unique sound that I enjoy. Not my favourite band by any stretch, but likeable for sure. With so many bands out there, I marvel that so many people put such passion into learning to play instruments, reading and writing music, and performing it. They make my life so enriched. I can’t express how much I love music.
Today’s track is not one that I owned before tonight. I heard it on BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour (July 12, 2020 episode: “A Tribute to Ennio Morricone”), and it was a song recommendation to Guy, something he actively invites. (By the way, I really want to write to him someday soon to say how much I enjoy his show, especially since lockdown when it tripled in length to three hours… though I do miss Amy Lamé and hope she is well… and to tell him how much his show and music choices influence and inspire my blog and my music listening and enjoyment. Oh, and how I’d LOVE to see him and Elbow play sometime. I mentioned once in a post that I missed their last UK tour by one day.)
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy… life is good!
Here’s the audio for the song from the official YouTube channel of The War on Drugs: