Posted by: Brian | May 8, 2008

Put on the Playlist: The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs is a Philly band on Secretly Canadian that really I think has a ton of promise. The first song I heard from them, Arms Like Boulders, immediately grabbed my attention.

The Yellow Stereo‘s description of the Dylan-esque vocals I find very fitting along with their comparison to The Arcade Fire but their MySpace page describes them as “Pop / Ambient / Comedy.” I find the bands that I like the most I have the most trouble describing, but if I had to I’d say the Wilco/Modest Mouse/Arcade Fire with Dylanish vocals and a CCR influence would be pretty fitting. kinda.

But more importantly, they’re currently on tour and will be hitting up the Black Cat here in DC on May 18 – money. The Yellow Stereo also reports that their full album Wagonwheel Blues will be out in June, but in the mean time Secretly Canadian has the full Barrel of Batteries EP for download here. I highly recommend Arms Like Boulders and Taking the Farm – but hey, its a sweet free 6 song EP – so get it now.

Upcoming dates via MySpace below the fold:

May 14 2008 8:00P
Iron Horse Northampton, Massachusetts
May 15 2008 8:00P
Middle East Downstairs Boston, Massachusetts
May 16 2008 8:00P
Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, New York
May 18 2008 8:00P
Black Cat washington DC, Washington DC
May 21 2008 8:00P
Grog Shop w/ Blood on the Wall Cleveland, Ohio
May 22 2008 8:00P
The Magic Stick w/ Blood on the Wall Detroit, Michigan
May 23 2008 8:00P
Empty Bottle w/ Blood on the Wall Chicago, Illinois
Jun 7 2008 8:00P
Johnny Brendas philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aug 8 2008 8:00P
Paradiso – Amsterdam Amsterdam
Aug 9 2008 8:00P
Zommerparkfeest – Netherlands Venlo
Aug 15 2008 8:00P
Green Man Festival – UK Glanusk

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