The War on Drugs Announces New Live Album ‘Live Drugs,’ Out 11/20 (Preview/Pre-Order)

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Philadelphia-based indie/rock/psychedelic band The War on Drugs has released four studio albums to date and earned a reputation for an enthralling live show — and on Nov. 20, the band will release a live album titled, appropriately enough, Live Drugs.

(Click here to pre-order Live Drugs from our Rock Cellar Store).

Announced on Tuesday, Live Drugs is the band’s first new release since 2017’s acclaimed album A Deeper Understanding, and brings together recordings from throughout the group’s existence. Per a news release, Live Drugs is a collection culled from over 40 hard drives of recorded live shows spread out across years of touring behind multiple albums. It’s the first volume to capture the band’s live interpretations and a document showcasing the evolution of the band’s live show over the years.

What’s more, the collection is structured to represent “how a typical 70-minute show would flow,” while also representing the band’s ability to structure songs differently for the live setting.

Said band leader Adam Granduciel of that, and of Live Drugs:

As a band leader, I always want to know where a song can go. Even though we’ve recorded it, mastered it, put it out, and been touring on it, it doesn’t mean that we just have to do it the same way forever.”

It feels like it’s kind of a reset, to be able to put something out that’s a really good interpretation of the way we interpret our music live,” he added. “Even though this recording is from a year of tours, this is really how these six guys evolved as a band from 2014 to 2019.

The War on Drugs shared “Pain” as a preview of the album:

The track listing for Live Drugs:

1. An Ocean Between The Waves (Live)
2. Pain (Live)
3. Strangest Thing (Live)
4. Red Eyes (Live)
5. Thinking Of A Place (Live)
6. Buenos Aires Beach (Live)
7. Accidentally Like a Martyr (Live)
8. Eyes to the Wind (Live)
9. Under the Pressure (Live)
10. In Reverse (Live)


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