The War on Drugs was officially formed in 2005 by vocalist/songwriter/guitarist, Adam Granduciel. Two years earlier, Adam had relocated from Oakland to the Philadelphia area where he met fellow multi-instrumentalist, Kurt Vile. The pair bonded over their love of music legends like Bob Dylan and Grandeuciel began contributing to his new best friend’s compositions as part of the project, Kurt Vile and the Violators. Vile later reciprocated the favor and, in 2008, the duo released the War On Drugs EP, Barrel of Batteries on Secretly Canadian, which led up to the full length, Wagonwheel Blues, on the label later that year. That same year, Vile would go on to release his own debut, Constant Hitmaker, and depart from the project to focus more on his solo work–eventually signing to Matador Records and releasing another pair of albums and a few EPs over the next 2 years–all of which featured Granduciel, who continued to tour as part of the Violators. Meanwhile, Adam‘s own project moved forward and, in 2011, The War On Drugs‘ sophomore LP, Slave Ambient, found itself on endless “Best Albums of the Year” lists alongside Kurt‘s Smoke Ring For My Halo, which he also appeared on.
Slave Ambient was a huge breakout critical success for War On Drugs and, while it did feature Vile returning to contribute guitar on 2 of the album’s12 tracks, and it yielded somewhat understandable comparisons to artists like Dylan, Springsteen, and Tom Petty; it still showcased a fresh, identifiable, trademark sound for Granduciel‘s outfit and built a great deal of anticipation for a follow up. That follow up, titled Lost In The Dream, is scheduled for release tomorrow and is already beginning to pull in reviews that are even more positive and enthusiastic than those of its predecessor.
To promote the new LP, War On Drugs will also embark on a National tour that finds them landing at Seattle‘s Neptune Theatre next week, on Friday, March 28th. Thanks again to our friends at the Seattle Theatre Group, we have a pair of tickets to give away to one of you chachis for free.
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THE CONTEST / GIVEAWAY:
*1 Winner will receive a pair of tickets to the following performance :
The War On Drugs
w/ White Laces
The Neptune Theatre – Seattle, Wa
Friday, March. 28, 2014 @ 9pm
HOW TO ENTER:
This giveaway will center around the new video for the lead off single from Lost In The Dream.
In the video above, a bunch of fools are trying to win a talent contest with the members of War On Drugs taking on roles as the judges, like a budget public access version of America’s Got Talent.. Toward the end, a young boy breaks out a guitar and wins everyone over. The implication is, most likely, that he’s playing “Red Eyes,” the track that the video was created for… but what if he’s playing something completely different.
Your job as the entrant is to post a new song (video or audio) in the comment section, that he and the band might be rocking out to; the idea being that we can mute the War On Drugs video and play that audio in its place during that segment of the video to entertain ourselves.
[If there’s something like a specific point that you want us to line it up with, please specify; otherwise, we’ll just wing it].
Post your answer in the comment section below.
There is no part 3. That’s all there is to the contest. It’s pretty easy… but you should probably read the fine print.
The Fine Print:
All entries must be received by Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 11:59pm to be eligible.
You can enter as many times as you want, but use a valid email so that we can contact you.
If you sign in with Facebook, make sure that your account can accept a message from us.
Winner will be chosen arbitrarily, based on our personal “favorite.”
If you are not sure that you will be able to attend the show, do not enter! You’d be surprised how often that shit happens and we don’t want these going to waste.
If we are unable to contact the winner in a reasonable amount of time, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!