The War On Drugs create a glorious kind of noise, the beauty of which lies in the way the Philadelphia band embroils two distinguishing aural characteristics into its highly conceptualized makeup. On record, it's the craftsmanship of a production obsessive that's most apparent. It is known Adam Granduciel spent a number years laboring over the sound design of his stunning, most recent album, Slave Ambient. Hypnotic turns of air and atmosphere lay at the foundation of his recording, the result of compounded layers of guitar, creating an album long ambience that hums along like highflying airplanes.
In performance, however, it's the more classic elements of the band's music that takes center stage; don't be surprised if comparisons to names like Dylan, Petty, and Springsteen come to mind in the last of our video features from MOG Music's SXSW Day Party at the Mohawk. This is a road tested performance, powered by a driving, rhythmic pulse and impressive, amp busting riffage; qualities that while obviously evident on Slave Ambient, don't truly get unshackled until these Philly boys bring it for an enthusiastic gathering such as the one before them on this sizzling, Austin afternoon.