I’ve never really paid that much attention to The War on Drugs. It’s not like I’ve gone out of my way to ignore them, I just haven’t heard anything from this Philadelphia group that has really captivated me until now.
On ‘Baby Missiles’, Adam Granduciel and his cohorts pile layers of synths over a driving 4/4 beat, channeling Bruce Springsteen so effectively that save for the accelerated tempo it’s a dead ringer for the 1985 hit ‘I’m on Fire’. Wearing ones influences on the sleeve is hardly a bad thing, especially when the homage is executed so flawlessly. In this case, the musicianship on ‘Baby Missiles’ takes center stage; cascading piano overdubs add class without pretense, a gritty harmonica solo echoes the workingman’s ethos the band shares with its obvious source of inspiration.
The War on Drugs new album ‘Slave Ambient’, will be available from Secretly Canadian records on August 16th.
The War On Drugs – Baby Missiles