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Watch The War on Drugs Perform “Pain” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

A Deeper Understanding Out Now via Atlantic

Jan 23, 2018 The War on Drugs
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The War on Drugs released a new album, A Deeper Understanding, back in August via Atlantic, their first for the label (previously they were on Secretly Canadian). It was Under the Radar’s #1 Album of 2017. Last night they stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “Pain,” which went to #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Airplay (AAA) chart. When Fallon introduced the band he was soaking wet for some reason (I guess you had to watch the rest of the show). Watch the performance below.

Read our recent print magazine interview with The War on Drugs on A Deeper Understanding.

Read our recent digital magazine bonus Q&A interview with The War on Drugs on A Deeper Understanding.

Read our review of A Deeper Understanding.

Previously The War on Drugs shared the 11-minute long A Deeper Understanding cut (and Record Store Day single) “Thinking of a Place” and announced a fall tour. Then they 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). Then the band shared two other songs from the album, atmospheric slow-burner “Strangest Thing” and the expansive “Pain.” The band also shared a cover of Warren Zevon’s 1979 song “Accidentally Like a Martyr,” recorded for a Spotify session. Then they stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “Pain” and shared the album’s six-minute long glorious opening track, “Up All Night.” The band also shared a black & white video for “Pain,” which was shot in 16mm film and features the band performing the song on a cargo ship with the band’s name on the side as it travels down the Schuylkill River in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia. They also shared a video for “Nothing to Find” starring actress Sophia Lillis (It).

The War on Drugs’ Lost in the Dream was our #1 album of 2014 and a lot of other people agreed with us too. 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:

Sat. Jan. 27 - Singapore, SG @ Laneway Festival
Mon. Jan. 29 - Aukland, NZ @ Laneway Festival
Fri. Feb. 2 - Adelaide Sa, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Feb. 3 - Melbourne, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sun. Feb. 4 - Sydney, AU @ Laneway Festival
Tue. Feb. 6 - Newton, AU @ Enmore Theatre
Sat. Feb. 10 - Brisbane, AU @ Laneway Festival
Tue. Feb. 13 - Melbourne, AU @ Forum
Sun. Feb. 11 - Fremantle, AU @ Laneway Festival
Sat. Jun. 2 - London, UK @ Victoria Park

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