Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs breaks down the band's dreamy new album

By Max Ufberg
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He can’t quite put into words what he’s trying to say, but it’s clear enough: Granduciel was feeling the effects of being in the spotlight. “And then I start thinking about things like legacy, and what it means to put it out there. If I were to get a hit by a train tomorrow, what would I leave behind? And would it have been the best I could do?”

The recording process, once it finally did start, took some eight months, spanning a half-dozen different studios. And with the new LP’s release just a week away, now comes the fun part for Granduciel: the live performances and the dialog between the artist and the listener.

“It’s not just like they hear a song and like it and see you live. It’s a decision to let you into their life,” he says earnestly. “And then there’s the connection of playing live with the band, and that’s just as invigorating as it was when I was 16. When it all locks in. And everyone’s on the same page.”

Granduciel has been seeing a therapist for his anxiety, which has helped some. He’s also learning to address his fears directly and, if the conversation at North Third is any indication, remind himself of all that The War on Drugs has accomplished, instead of what they might not.

“There’s a lot of thinking these days,” he adds, with noticeable certainty in his voice. “Which is good.”

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1. But said... on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:15PM

“HOW MANY TWITTER FOLLOWERS DOES HE HAVE??”

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2. Anonymous said... on Mar 13, 2014 at 11:06PM

“haha your name is butt”

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3. KayRay said... on Mar 25, 2014 at 01:25PM

“I LOVE this guy and his new album. Heard him on NPR and immediately downloaded the CD from Amazon... then bought 2 copies at our local record store, Watt's Music, in Novato, CA... cuz hey, you gotta support the last standing cool music stores! This is the kind of album you can play on a loop all day or night long... and never tire of it. Gracias, Mahalo, Thanks Adam and the band! :-)”

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