Very excited about this. The War On Drugs just announced a live album, Live Drugs, coming out November 20th via frontman Adam Granduciel’s own Super High Quality Records. On top of that they released a gripping absolutely stellar live version of 'Pain' which originally is off of their 2017 album A Deeper Understanding.
You can hear the raw crackling amazingness in Adam Graduciel's vocals on this live cut, and I hope you listen to it to remind yourself of just how outstanding this band is.
Rather than capturing a sole concert, Live Drugs features cuts pulled from over 40 hard drives of recorded War on Drugs shows from across the years. Per a press release, it’s sequenced to reflect a typical War on Drugs set, while also capturing the way the band has evolved over the years. Along with selections from the War on Drugs’ four studio albums, Live Drugs will feature a cover of Warren Zevon’s “Accidentally Like a Martyr.”
“As a band leader, I always want to know where a song can go,” Granduciel said in a statement. “Even though we’ve recorded it, mastered it, put it out, and been touring on it, it doesn’t mean that we just have to do it the same way forever… It feels like it’s kind of a reset, to be able to put something out that’s a really good interpretation of the way we interpret our music live. Even though this recording is from a year of tours, this is really how these six guys evolved as a band from 2014 to 2019.”
Live Drugs Tracklist
1. “An Ocean Between the Waves”
3. “Strangest Thing”
4. “Red Eyes”
5. “Thinking of a Place”
6. “Buenos Aires Beach”
7. “Accidentally Like a Martyr”
8. “Eyes to the Wind”
9. “Under the Pressure”
10. “In Reverse”