Exit Interview: The War on Drugs’ Frontman Adam Granduciel on Their Latest Album, Playing Live Again and That Time He Met Danzig
The War On Drugs recently released the deluxe edition of last year’s, I Don’t Live Here Anymore. The new version includes two previously unreleased tracks, “Oceans of Darkness” and “Slow Ghost,” which can be streamed below.
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The War on Drugs debuted an early version of “Oceans of Darkness” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in the fall of 2020, and have been performing the track throughout their current tour.
“One night in L.A.,” bandleader Adam Granduciel says of the track, “while we were many months into working on what would be I Don’t Live Here Anymore, Dave [Hartley] uncovered a stripped-down demo in my dropbox called ‘Oceans of Darkness,’ and insisted we try recording it. We were frustrated and exhausted at the time, but we set up in a circle after dinner and worked it out as the tape was rolling.
“It’s rare that a song of ours could feel this complete after only a few takes, but it had all the desperation and urgency that we had been looking for. Ultimately I didn’t include it on the record because I couldn’t find a home for it among the other songs. We’re happy we can share it with you now.”
As previously reported, the limited-edition deluxe box set of I Don’t Live Here Anymore is out this Friday (Sept. 30) and available for pre-order. SPIN hailed that the band’s fifth studio album “is the perfect showcase for why people have been so enamored with this band since its inception.”
The War on Drugs’ North American tour kicked off earlier this month. They’ll wrap up things up on Oct. 13 before performing at Austin City Limits and Sound Summit festivals.
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