Sasquatch 2015, Day 2: The War On Drugs

Sasquatch
05/24/2015
Isaac Kaplan-Woolner
all photos by Matthew B. Thompson

Philadelphia rockers The War On Drugs have been touring tirelessly on the wide success of their third album, 2014's Lost In The Dream. KEXP listeners voted it as their top album of the year, and with good reason. Singer and songwriter Adam Granduciel wrote the songs during a post-tour period of isolation and depression. But it's hard to imagine him feeling low and alone any more. The main stage pit was full of fans eager to hear these grandly swelling ballads, and the gorge's massive hill side was packed as well. Granduciel was resplendent in his typical denim Canadian tuxedo, his long curly hair blowing in the warm breeze. He projected ease on stage, syncopating some lyrics and changing up solos from studio versions. Songs like the hit "Red Eyes" built to massive proportions on the giant stage and speaker array, waves of sound washing out over the crowd and bouncing into the grand gorge below. The sound was a bit classic rock, a bit indie, and while mellow at times songs tended to build to a satisfyingly full release. Granduciel's guitar work has only gotten more confident throughout this tour, and his solos brought a heightened excitement to tonight's set. The only problem with a great band like The War On Drugs getting so (deservedly) popular is that it heighten's their demand as a live act. Hopefully they will be able take the time they need to be off the road and working on new material  soon.

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