​The War on Drugs

Sasquatch Stage, George WA, May 23

Photo: Kim Jay

BY Craig ShutkoPublished May 25, 2015

Philadelphia's the War on Drugs and their new age Americana sound conjure up images of sunsets and dusty highways, making the backdrop of the rolling valley of the Gorge all too fitting. It's easy to hear the influences of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan in the voice and ripping guitar solos of frontman Adam Granduciel.
They exclusively played songs from their 2014 album, Lost in a Dream, which was a surprise, but made sense considering the 45-minute set times. Hits like "Red Eyes" and "Burning" provided Granduciel with a platform for his guitar solos. A highlight of the show was the song "Under the Pressure," played t a slightly slowed down tempo. The daytime crowd was subdued, but grew throughout the show, with a nearly full venue by the time the set ended.
The War on Drugs has continued to evolve as a band. Their intricately detailed melodies and emotional connective songs from Lost in a Dream translated into a strong live performance. 

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