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The War on Drugs: Band of the Year

Solid Announces : THE WAR ON DRUGS : band of the year, perfect end to the year!

THE WAR ON DRUGS are the alt rock band of the year. Their new album Lost in The Dream was released in March and has been widely hailed as a masterpiece. It is without doubt one of the albums of 2014 and a future classic rock record for each and every year from now. Yes, that good.

THE WAR ON DRUGS are a band whose unquestionable musical power, meticulous songcraft, artistry, authenticity, integrity and quality have them organically perched at the tipping point into arena sized magic and festival headlining greatness. The War On Drugs arrive in New Zealand with immaculate timing.

The band has received across the board critical acclaim for their third album Lost In The Dream. The last few years since the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient has seen The War On Drugs clocking up thousands of global road and air miles that have paved the way for this moment in time as the consummate Philadelphia based four-piece morph into the hottest indie rock proposition on the planet.

THE WAR ON DRUGS play their first ever show in New Zealand at The Powerstation, Auckland on Thursday December 18th. Immediate ticket purchase is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

“The album is loaded with songs whose greatness is revealed slowly, where the simplest, most understated chord change can
blow a track wide open and elevate it from simply pretty to absolutely devastating.” Pitchfork

“Only a few artists are gifted enough to write hair-raising, fists-in-the-air, pedal-to-the-floor rock 'n' roll anthems: U2, Bruce
Springsteen and Arcade Fire are proven pros, but maybe The War on Drugs' Adam Granduciel should be added to that class
too.” NPR Music

To those of you out there who crave immediate, wistful pop music that will make you smile about the future and make you cry about the past, you won’t find a better album this decade. OMH 10/10

THE WAR ON DRUGS are a real rock n roll band, a heart and soul band, exactly the kind of the band we need, exactly the kind of band we want.

This will be your first and last chance to see them in an intimate club environment.
For now they’re yours, next year they’ll be everyone’s. A very special band, a very special show.

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER 9AM / 0800 111 999 & Real Groovy Records, Queen Street, Auckland.

The War On Drugs useful links:
Secretly Canadian site includes press release text, press photos, and cover art for media reproduction
The War On Drugs official site press features, videos and more
Listen to Lost In The Dream album here Spotify
Watch Red Eyes and Under The Pressure videos here Video Links
See The War Of Drugs on Letterman here TV performance
“a jaw-droppingly good rendition of Song of the Year candidate Red Eyes. The performance was so good in fact that even the competition was raving about it: “Yes!! @warondrugsjams just slayed on Letterman,” Jimmy Fallon music booker Jonathan Cohen tweeted … as his own show was still on the air.” !!! Consequence Of Sound


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