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In a year without concerts, The War On Drugs are set to release LIVE DRUGS on their own Super High Quality Records. In this podcast, guitar tech and band confidant, Dominic East, listens as the band talks casually about how they arrived at the performances and the decision to release their new live album.
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LIVE DRUGS - Part 4

LIVE DRUGS - Part 4

2020-12-1427:17

With studio sessions put on hold and their new studio album postponed, The War On Drugs decided instead to release LIVE DRUGS.  In Part 4 of The Super High Quality Podcast the band members share their individual experiences under lockdown and the ways the experience informed the decision to punctuate this point in The War On Drugs’ history with the release of a live album.   From sanitizer-insanity to anticipation for a return to live performance with “David Lee Roth kicks”, the band reflects on an extraordinary year.Host: Dominic EastGuests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Craig McQuiston
LIVE DRUGS - Part 3

LIVE DRUGS - Part 3

2020-12-0723:09

Perhaps no song in The War On Drugs’ catalog embodies the “sound” of the band as much as “Under The Pressure”.   Part 3 of The Super High Quality Podcast, digs deep inside this ambient journey.  From the improvised sonic stew that developed into an alternative song intro, to the iconic sample drop, through to the tension and release created by the mid-song breakdown, and culminating in the indelible image of the illuminated audience when the song kicks back in for the driving two-chord climax, “Pressure” is the centerpiece of the band’s live show.  The band and key members of their road crew, discuss their individual roles and how the interplay between each of these jobs converges to define every unique performance of this epic song.   The band also discusses how a casual mid-tour gear purchase changed this song forever, or at least for now.  “Under The Pressure” is the penultimate track on the fourth side of LIVE DRUGS.Host: Dominic EastGuests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Bob Strakele, Laurence Eaves, Matthew Walsh, Ben Silverstein
LIVE DRUGS - Part 2

LIVE DRUGS - Part 2

2020-11-3021:17

Connecting with a classic Warren Zevon album after relocating to Los Angeles where the band was recording 2017’s Grammy-winning A Deeper Understanding, Adam Granduciel presented Zevon’s classic  “Accidentally Like A Martyr” as a song the band might try to cover.  In Part 2 of The Super High Quality Podcast, The band discusses in painful detail, a less than auspicious debut performance for a private LA audience which happened to include the song’s original producer, Jackson Browne.  That performance aside, the song went on to become a mainstay of their live show throughout their  2017-2018 tours, and the band reveals the ways this song continues to influence their approach to songwriting and performance.  “Accidentally Like A Martyr” is a featured track on the album, LIVE DRUGS.Host: Dominic EastGuests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Bob Strakele, Laurence Eaves
LIVE DRUGS - Part 1

LIVE DRUGS - Part 1

2020-11-2326:26

“Eyes To The Wind” was a standout track on The War On Drugs’ 2014 album Lost In The Dream and quickly became a crowd favorite during its live shows.  In Part 1 of our Super High Quality Podcast, the band tries to dissect exactly how the arrangement was reinvented when leader Adam Granduciel pushed the band to find their way through a somewhat spontaneous new acoustic version onstage in Copenhagen in 2017.  Possibly the result of questionable venue catering, and certainly inspired by the crowd, the band succeeded in the reinvention by reconnecting with each other onstage during that performance.   A mature acoustic version of “Eyes To The Wind”, affectionately now dubbed “Copenhagen Wind”, is featured on the new live album, LIVE DRUGS.Host: Dominic EastGuests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Craig McQuiston
In a year without concerts, The War On Drugs are set to release LIVE DRUGS on their own Super High Quality Records.  In this podcast, guitar tech and band confidant, Dominic East, listens as the band talks casually about how they arrived at the performances and the decision to release their new live album. 
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