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The War on Drugs Share Atmospheric New Song “Strangest Thing”

A Deeper Understanding Due Out August 25 via Atlantic

Jul 18, 2017
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The War on Drugs are releasing a new album, A Deeper Understanding, on August 25 via Atlantic, their first for the label (previously they were on Secretly Canadian). Previously they shared the 11-minute long A Deeper Understanding cut (and Record Store Day single) "Thinking of a Place," announced a fall tour, and also shared another song from the album, "Holding On," as well as performing the song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and sharing a video for "Holding On" featuring actor Frankie Faison (The Wire, Luke Cage, The Silence of the Lambs). Now the band has shared another song from the album, atmospheric slow-burner "Strangest Thing." Check it out  below via a visual directed by Shawn Brackbill, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates.

Pick up our just announced new print issue to read our new interview with The War on Drugs on A Deeper Understanding.

The War on Drugs' main creative force Adam Granduciel worked on the album in studios in New York and Los Angeles, with help from engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer). Other members of the band (bassist Dave Hartley, keyboardist Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall, and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez) were also involved in the recordings from time to time and thus a press release calls A Deeper Understanding "a 'band record' in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn."

The War on Drugs' Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too. There had been hints that the band's major label debut might be on the way this year and earlier in the year the band shared a brief new video that featured a snippet of instrumental music and cut together black & white photos of the band in the recording studio, which was followed by "Thinking of a Place."

Read our end-of-the-year interview with Granduciel from 2014. And also read our The War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van Etten article from 2014, in which Granduciel and Van Etten interviewed each other.

The War on Drugs Tour Dates:

Mon. Sep. 18 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Thu. Sep. 21 - Philadelphia, PA @ Dell Music Center
Fri. Sep. 22 - New York, NY @ SummerStage in Central Park
Sat. Sep. 23 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Mon. Sep. 25 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue. Sep. 26 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Thu. Sep. 28 - Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Fri. Sep. 29 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [Outside Lawn]
Sat. Sep. 30 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
Thu. Oct. 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Mon. Oct. 9 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre - SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 10 - Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Wed. Oct. 11 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Fri. Oct. 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sat. Oct. 14 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 15 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Wed. Oct. 18 - St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Thu. Oct. 19 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Fri. Oct. 20 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Sat. Oct. 21 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall - SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 22 - Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Wed. Nov. 1 - Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
Thu. Nov. 2 - Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live - SOLD OUT
Fri. Nov. 3 - Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
Sat. Nov. 4 - Brussels, BE @ Forest National - SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 6 - Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Thu. Nov. 9 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Fri. Nov. 10 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands - SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 12 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester - SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 13 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
Tue. Nov. 14 - London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
Fri. Nov. 17 - Zurich, CH @ X-tra
Sat. Nov. 18 - Milan, IT @ Fabrique
Mon. Nov. 20 - München, DE @ Muffathalle
Tue. Nov. 21 - Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit 36
Wed. Nov. 22 - Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
Fri. Nov. 24 - Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
Sat. Nov. 25 - Copenhagen, DK @ Tap 1
Mon. Nov. 27 - Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

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