The War on Drugs ©KLRU photo by Scott Newton

The War on Drugs



The War on Drugs poster by Rich Knepperath


The War on Drugs Taping Set List

Characterized by riffing guitars, intricate instrumentation and leader Adam Granduciel’s lyrical catharsis, The War On Drugs’ critically acclaimed Lost In The Dream might be the band’s most meticulously crafted album yet. It’s the little details – the unexpected chords and musical embellishments – that make their third studio album their “most lustruous, intricately detailed, and beautifully rendered record to date” (Pitchfork). The War On Drugs bring their trademark atmospheric rock catalog to the Austin City Limits stage for their debut performance on the show.

Since the band’s formation in 2005, The War On Drugs has released three albums. Throughout a handful of lineup changes, Granduciel has helmed the band from the beginning. After 2011’s Slave Ambient found critical success, TWOD enjoyed increased exposure and touring, solidifying its place in the consciousness of the underground rock world and beyond.

Marking a new stage in the band’s subtle evolution, 2014’s Lost In The Dream is at once more raw and personal, yet focused. Granduciel takes his heartbreak and crafts from it an album that avoids being a downer. Their new album is “simultaneously spare and just as fully fleshed out as it needs to be…a perfect distillation of Granduciel’s wide-open clausthrophobia” (Spin). The band has managed to take pain and turn into a thing of beauty, and with Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs “pushes rock music forward” (Paste).