The War on Drugs

The War On Drugs announce I Don’t Live Here Anymore, their first studio album in four years, and a 2022 North American and European tour. Over the last 15 years, The War on Drugs have steadily emerged as one of this century’s great rock and roll synthesists, removing the gaps between the underground and the mainstream, between the obtuse and the anthemic, making records that wrestle a fractured past into a unified and engrossing present. The War On Drugs have never done that as well as they do with their fifth studio album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, an uncommon rock album about one of our most common but daunting processes—resilience in the face of despair.

Just a month after The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding received the 2018 Grammy for Best Rock Album, the core of bandleader Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos, working outside of the predetermined roles each member plays in the live setting. These sessions proved highly productive, turning out early versions of some of the most immediate songs on I Don’t Live Here Anymore. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock’s greatest sonic workshops like Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles’ Sound City. Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.

One of the most memorable sessions occurred in May 2019 at Electro-Vox, in which the band’s entire line-up — rounded out by keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and saxophonist Jon Natchez — convened to record the affecting album opener “Living Proof.” Typically, Granduciel assembles The War On Drugs records from reams of overdubs, like a kind of rock ‘n’ roll jigsaw puzzle. But for “Living Proof,” the track came together in real time, as the musicians drew on their chemistry as a live unit to summon some extemporaneous magic. The immediacy of the performance was appropriate for one of the most personal songs Granduciel has ever written.

The “Living Proof” video, directed by filmmaker Emmett Malloy, and shot on 16mm, captures Granduciel at the historic Panoramic studio in Stinson Beach, California.

The War On Drugs’ particular combination of intricacy and imagination animates the 10 songs of I Don’t Live Here Anymore, buttressing the feelings of Granduciel’s personal odyssey. It’s an expression of rock ’n’ roll’s power to translate our own experience into songs we can share and words that direct our gaze toward the possibility of what is to come.

Upcoming Shows


Feb
16
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Palace Theatre
Feb
16
th
Palace Theatre

The War on Drugs

An Evening of LIVE DRUGS
Feb
15
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Palace Theatre
Feb
15
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Palace Theatre

The War on Drugs

An Evening of LIVE DRUGS

Past Shows


Oct
18
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2017
Palace Theatre
Oct
18
th
2017
Palace Theatre

The War on Drugs

with THE BUILDING
Aug
12
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2017
Turf Club
Aug
12
th
2017
Turf Club
Sep
23
rd
2014
Mainroom
Sep
23
rd
2014
Mainroom

The War on Drugs

with Califone
Sep
22
nd
2014
Mainroom
Sep
22
nd
2014
Mainroom

The War on Drugs

with Califone
Aug
28
th
2011
7th St Entry
Aug
28
th
2011
7th St Entry

The War on Drugs

with OCEAN CATS and Caveman

More Shows

Mar
16
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The Fitzgerald Theater

Todd Snider

Mar
3
rd
Fine Line

All Them Witches

Aug
12
th
Surly Brewing Festival Field

Lord Huron

May
7
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First Avenue

Fontaines D.C.

with Just Mustard