I’m going to go ahead and blame all of you. Not one of you told me about The War on Drugs until this week. What the hell, guys? The War on Drugs started as a band with Kurt Vile of recent singer-songwriter fame from Philadelphia. He’s not in the band anymore but the similarity between the band’s last album, Slave Ambient, and Vile’s solo work is immediately evident. And that’s good.
I’ve fallen for the song below pretty hard but the rest of the album is just as solid and is very much worth your time. The vocals have a Bob Dylanesque cadence to them and the music itself is full band folk. A lot of the descriptions I’ve seen categorize them as shoegaze and I even saw a comparison to My Bloody Valentine. I think that’s lazy as hell and I won’t stand for it. Even better, they’ve just been confirmed for Lollapalooza which means I get to see them this summer.