The War on Drugs: Stream “Change” Ahead of New Album ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore’ Out 10/29

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This Friday, Oct. 29, Philadelphia-based indie band The War on Drugs will release I Don’t Live Here Anymore, its first studio album in four years.

As a final preview of the anticipated record, the ensemble debuted a new track, “Change,” on Tuesday. Led by steady guitars and customarily passionate vocals from band leader Adam Granduciel, the song is an exercise in “working through the frustration and hesitations of trying to move forward, documenting just how hard it can be to navigate,” per a news release.

More on the track, per a news release:

“While obsessing over [‘Change’] Granduciel hit upon the lyric, ‘But it’s so damn hard to make the change.’ . . . it’s a prism for understanding the whole album, which, he says, is all about ‘growing up, getting older, but also growing out of yourself and into something new. The end of something, the beginning of something else.’”

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“Living Proof” was the first song shared from the record:

Followed by the title track, featuring Lucius:

The album sessions for I Don’t Live Here Anymore actually began shortly after that Grammy win. Per a news release:

The core of bandleader Adam Granduciel, bassist Dave Hartley, and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca retreated to upstate New York to jam and cut new demos, working outside of the predetermined roles each member plays in the live setting. These sessions proved highly productive, turning out early versions of some of the most immediate songs on I Don’t Live Here Anymore. It was the start of a dozen-plus session odyssey that spanned three years and seven studios, including some of rock’s greatest sonic workshops like Electric Lady in New York and Los Angeles’ Sound City. Band leader Granduciel and trusted co-producer/engineer Shawn Everett spent untold hours peeling back every piece of these songs and rebuilding them.

The track listing:

1. Living Proof
2. Harmonia’s Dream
3. Change
4. I Don’t Wanna Wait
5. Victim
6. I Don’t Live Here Anymore
7. Old Skin
8. Wasted
9. Rings Around My Father’s Eyes
10. Occasional Rain

This will be the first release from the band since Live Drugs, a live album that perfectly captures the essence of the band’s live show — enthralling and captivating from start to finish. The live set was released in November 2020.

To support the record, the War on Drugs will head out on a massive run of 2022 tour dates to follow some ones coming in the weeks ahead. Some of the new dates feature the biggest venues they’ve played to date. The schedule:

Fri. Nov. 12 – Lake Perris, CA @ Desert Daze
Wed. Jan. 19 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live
Thu. Jan. 20 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live – SOLD OUT
Fri. Jan. 21 – Dallas, TX @ Toyota Music Factory
Sat. Jan. 22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mon. Jan. 24 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium – SOLD OUT
Tue. Jan. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle – SOLD OUT
Thu. Jan. 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
Fri. Jan. 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia – SOLD OUT
Sat. Jan. 29 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Mon. Jan. 31 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Tue. Feb. 1 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Wed. Feb. 2 – Washington, DC @ Anthem
Fri. Feb. 4 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Sat. Feb. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun. Feb. 6 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre – SOLD OUT
Tue. Feb. 8 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Thu. Feb. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Fri. Feb. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Sat. Feb. 12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Sun. Feb. 13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
Tue. Feb 15 – St. Paul , MN @ Palace Theatre
Wed. Feb. 16 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Fri. Feb. 18 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Sat. Feb. 19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Union
Mon. Feb. 21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Tue. Feb. 22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
Wed. Feb. 23 – Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds
Fri. Feb. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sat. Feb. 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Auditorium
Tue. March 22 – Helsinki, FI @ Helsinki Ice Hall
Thu. March 24 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet – SOLD OUT
Fri. March 25 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
Sun. March 27 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene  – SOLD OUT
Mon. March 28 – Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene – SOLD OUT
Wed. March 30 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB Hallen
Thu. March 31 – Copenhagen, DK @ KB Hallen – SOLD OUT
Sat. April 2 – Berlin, DE @ Verti Music Hall
Mon. April 4 – Zurich, CH @ Halle 622
Tue. April 5 – Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
Thu. April 7 – München, DE @ Zenith
Sat. April 9 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
Mon. April 11 – Birmingham, UK @ 02 Academy Birmingham
Tue. April 12 – London, UK @ The O2 Arena
Thu. April 14 – Dublin, IE @ 3 Arena
Sat. April 16 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
Sun. April 17 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Mon. April 18 – Edinburgh, UK @ Edinburgh Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
Wed. April 20 – Köln, DE @ Palladium
Thu. April 21 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Fri. April 22 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
Sat. April 23 – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis


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