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The War On Drugs to release ‘Slave Ambient’, playing Schubas, & other 2011 dates

DOWNLOAD: The War On Drugs – “Baby Missiles” (MP3)

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Philadelphia, PA’s The War On Drugs are set to release their sophomore LP Slave Ambient on August 16th via Secretly Canadian.

Slave Ambient features a team of Philadelphia’s finest musicians, including multi-instrumentalists Dave Hartley and Robbie Bennett, and drummer Mike Zanghi. Recorded throughout the last four years at band leader; Adam Granduciel‘s home studio in Philly, Jeff Ziegler‘s Uniform Recording and Echo Mountain in Asheville, NC, the album puts the weirdest influences in just the right places.

Synthesizers fall where you might expect more electric guitars (and vice versa); country-rock sidles up to the warped extravagance of ’80s pop. Instant classic “Baby Missiles” is part Bruce Spingsteen fever dream, part motorik anthem “Original Slave” might sound like a hillbilly power drone, but “City Reprise #12″ suggests Phil Collins un-retiring to back Harmonia. “I Was There” is Harvest rebuilt by some selection of psychedelic all-stars, while the shuffling, sleepy opener “Best Night” offers a band with too many ideas to be in a hurry. During the mid-album centerpiece “Come to the City,” Granduciel howls and moans, “All roads lead to me/I’ve been moving/I’ve been drifting.” Indeed, however unlikely that might seem, all these sounds arrive cohesively in one unmistakable place. Every song on Slave Ambient is instantly identifiable and infinitely intricate, a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems. It’s a remarkable work for which we have an enormous pride and respect. And for which the story is only just beginning. [Secretly Canadian]

In support of the album, they’ve released the details of their August-September tour. They’ll head back to Chicago for the second time this year, to play Schubas on August 26th. We’ll keep you updated on when tickets become available.

UPDATE: Tickets go on sale tomorrow, at noon CST.

At the top of this post you can stream/download Slave Ambient‘s first single, “Baby Missiles.”

Head below to view all announced 2011 tour dates, and Slave Ambient‘s track listing.


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01. Best Night
02. Brothers
03. I was There
04. Your Love is Calling my Name
05. The Animator
06. Come to the City
07. Come for It
08. Its your Destiny
09. City Reprise #12
10. Baby Missiles
11. Original Slave
12. Black Water Falls

THE WAR ON DRUGS – 2011 TOUR DATES
Thu. Aug. 18 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Fri. Aug. 19 — Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo Gallery
Sat. Aug. 20 — New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Sun. Aug. 21 — Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Tue. Aug. 23 — Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
Wed. Aug. 24 — Toronto, ON @ TBD
Thu. Aug. 25 — Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Aug. 26 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas
Sat. Aug. 27 — Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi
Sun. Aug. 28 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Tue. Aug. 30 — St. Louis, MO @ Billiken Club at St. Louis University
Wed. Aug. 31 — Lexington, KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
Thu. Sep. 1 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Fri. Sep. 2 — Washington, DC @ Red Palace
Thu. Sep. 8 — Lisbon, Portugal @ Terraza Hotel Regency
Fri. Sep. 9 — San Sebastian, Spain @ Club Victoria Eugenia
Sun. Sep. 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso w/ Megafaun
Mon. Sep. 12 — Tilburg, Netherlands @ Incubate Festival w/ Megafaun
Tue. Sep. 13 — London, UK @ Lexington
Wed. Sep. 14 — Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Thu. Sep. 15 — Sheffield, UK @ Drowned In Sound presents at The Harley
Fri. Sep. 16 — Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
Sat. Sep. 17 — Brussels, Belgium @ AB club
Tue. Sep. 20 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
Wed. Sep. 21 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Lilla Hotelbaren
Thu. Sep. 22 — Malmo, Sweden @ Debaser
Fri. Oct. 14 — Pensacola, FL @ DeLuna Festival

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