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The War on Drugs Sign to Atlantic Records

Band Goes Major Label for Two-Album Deal

Jun 12, 2015 The War on Drugs
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The War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too. So it’s no surprise that they’ve been scooped by a major label following the end of their stint with indie label Secretly Canadian. They’ve signed a two-album deal with Atlantic Records, so reports an article in The Wall Street Journal (via Billboard and Stereogum). This likely won’t affect the band’s sound too much (Lost in the Dream was recorded mainly solo by frontman Adam Granduciel), but it will broaden the band’s reach. Granduciel told The Wall Street Journal that it was hard to leave Secretly Canadian, but “being on a larger label brings a whole new set of resources and exposure.”

Plenty of so-called “indie bands” have made it work on major labels over the last decade, from The Flaming Lips to Death Cab for Cutie to Jenny Lewis, so hopefully the experience will be positive for The War on Drugs too.

Read our end-of-the-year interview with Granduciel from last December. And also read our The War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van Etten article from last year, in which Granduciel and Van Etten interviewed each other. And below is the video for Lost in the Dream opener “Under the Pressure.”


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June 14th 2015

All the best to RGB; it’s great to have a unique business open up in the neighborhood. That being said, her products are pricey, it’ll be interesting to see if she gets enough business to make a go of it.