The War On Drugs
Live @ The Enmore Theatre
6 Feb 2018
Next time The War On Drugs play Sydney it will probably be a larger venue then The Enmore Theatre. They can now fill a stadium with fans, there is no doubt. They can also fill just about any space with their layered and gorgeous sounds.
The set-list tonight was made up of their 2017 Grammy Award winning record (Best Rock Album), A Deeper Understanding and 2014’s Lost In The Dream. “Buenos Aires Beach”, from their debut Wagonwheel Blues, was thrown in for good measure!
The six piece took us on a sonic journey where people stood and grooved and danced a wee bit when the guitar solos went ballistic. Adam Granduciel showed once again that he can take us away for many minutes when he gets lost in the strings. Sonic beauty and psychedelic travels were all part of the fun.
The influences of many other artists pop up when you listen to them. I will leave that for you to discover as you dip into these last two albums. If you have already, I will leave those interpretations to you. For me I just want to be in a car with the windows wide open and this band blasting as the miles drift by easily. Road and headphone music of the top shelf quality.
And although we did not get their Grateful Dead cover (“Touch Of Grey”) or Neil Young’s “Like A Hurricane”, we were given a reading of Zevon’s “Accidentally Like A Martyr”, which might have been the only real singalong for the evening.
For the rest of the night the crowd was lost in the beauty that is The War On Drugs. “Strangest Thing” early in the set was tremendous and the troika of “Under Pressure”, “In Reverse”, and “Eyes To The Wind” just blew the roof off to end the evening. Don’t miss them next time.