The War On Drugs Garrison Stage, Toronto ON, June 6
Published Jun 07, 2015It's been well over a year since Philly psych-rockers the War on Drugs dropped their Lost in the Dream LP to instant acclaim, and they're still riding high on the album's success. The tracks from the record soared with bombastic guitar tone and waves of synths, but the best moments came when a member of the sextet brought out a trumpet or saxophone to add a nice orchestral touch.
The band are a fine-tuned machine, even as they frequently jam out; lead singer Adam Granduciel and his Dylan-esque vocals proved a capable frontman as he transitioned from singing to doling out face-melting guitar solos to some turns on harmonica. Lost in the Dream highlights "The Ocean Between the Waves," "Red Eyes" and "Under the Pressure" were just as fantastic live, and the band handled their lengthy, winding passages with ease. There was a feeling that the set was very much par-for-the-course for the talented crew, but just because they've found their groove doesn't mean that it's not a good one.