The War on Drugs

Looking ahead: Shows, festivals and a fourth album.

Photo courtesy Cain's Ballroom.

Photo courtesy Cain’s Ballroom.

Sunday, April 5

Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony Lamarca and John Natchez are The War on Drugs. A Philadelphia-based band, The War on the Drugs adds its indie, bluesy, psych-rock sound and strong lyric assemblies to the American music genre. Frontman Granduciel’s talents, as well as the group’s overall sound, have even been compared to the genre’s greats that include Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, which the band will admit have served as inspiration. Since their inception in 2005, The War on Drugs has released three studio albums including Wagonwheel Blues (2008), Slave Ambient (2011) and in March 2014, Lost in the Dream, whose critical acclaim cast the band into a new stratosphere of success they had not previously reached. In a recent interview with Weld, Harley, the band’s bassist, revealed the groups plan to begin recording its fourth album in April of this year; “After Coachella, we’re going to post up in L.A. and start recording,” he said. “We’re starting right away on the new record.” This year, The War on Drugs will arrive on other festival stages including The Governors Ball Music Festival and Bonnaroo in June and Lollapalooza this July. International festival appearances include Belgium’s Rock Werchter and the Netherlands’ Down the Rabbit Hole in June and Spain’s Vida Festival and France’s Days Off Festival in July. Earlier this year, the band was nominated for Best International Group at the 2015 Brit Awards, supporting evidence of its growing fame. On Sunday, April 5, the group will make a stop on their tour at Cain’s Ballroom. With a record of selling out shows, you’ll want to get your tickets quick. Hop Along will open the show at 8 p.m. For more information, visit