Photo by Graham Tolbert


It’s still a few weeks before Philly-based ambient rock trio the War On Drugs drops its second full-length on Secretly Canadian, but in the meantime, the group has announced a massive, 53-date tour that will keep it busy through the end of fall. Kicking off with a release party for Slave Ambient in Philadelphia August 18 (two days after the record’s official release), the tour winds through the northern U.S. and Canada before skipping over the Atlantic for a European leg in September. After a month overseas, the group will head back to the U.S. to hit the West Coast and Midwest before wrapping up the tour with a show in Baltimore. It’s a marathon if we’ve ever seen one, so these guys had better be getting ready for some long hours in the van. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why the video for “Baby Missles” had so much road-trip imagery in it:

Slave Ambient will be available on CD and LP, but for all of you truly hardcore audiophiles, the album is also being released as a cassette. On its own, that’s pretty awesome, but if you need further reason to dust off your tape deck, know that the plastic-and-gears version of the record has a b-side that casts some of the ambient textures found on the album proper as their own tracks. Check out the tracklist for that b-side, as well as the dates for War On Drugs’ upcoming tour, below.


Tracklist For Slave Ambient Cassette B-Side:
01. No Returns
02. Snake Tongues
03. Song For Alice
04. Don’t Fear The Ghost [Demo]
05. Real History
06. Future Blues


Tour Dates For War On Drugs:
08/18 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
08/19 – Brooklyn, NY – Cameo Gallery *#
08/20 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge #
08/21 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *#
08/23 – Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo *#
08/24 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel *#
08/25 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig *
08/26 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s *
08/27 – Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi *
08/28 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry *
08/30 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club at St. Louis University *
08/31 – Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlie’s *
09/01 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café *
09/02 – Washington, DC – Red Palace *
09/08 – Lisbon, PT – Terraza Hotel Regency
09/09 – San Sebastian, SP – Club Victoria Eugenia
09/11 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
09/12 – Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
09/13 – London, UK – Lexington
09/14 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
09/15 – Sheffield, UK – The Harley
09/16 – Brighton, UK – Green Door Store
09/17 – Brussels, BE – AB Club
09/19 – Berlin, DE – NBI Club
09/20 – Coppenhagen, DK – Loppen
09/21 – Stockholm, Se – Lilla Hotelbaren
09/22 – Malmo, SE – Debaser
09/23 – Hamburg, DE – Reeperbahn Festival
09/24 – Cologne, DE – King Georg
09/25 – Venlo, NL – Perron 55
09/26 – Paris, FR – Point FMR
10/11 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade ^
10/12 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle %^
10/13 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL %^
10/14 – Pensacola, FL – DeLuna Festival
10/17 – Dallas, TX – Bryant Street Tavern %^
10/18 – Austin, TX – Emo’s %^
10/20 – Tucson, AZ – Plush %^
10/21 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar %^
10/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Satellite %^
10/23 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent %^
10/25 – Portland, OR – Bunk Bar %^
10/26 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern %^
10/27 – Spokane, WA – A Club %^
10/28 – Nampa, ID – Flying M %^
10/29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court %^
10/30 – Denver, CO – Hi Dive %^
11/01 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot %^
11/02 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s %^
11/03 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop %^
11/04 – Cincinnati, OH – Mayday Northside %^
11/05 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern %^
11/06 – Baltimore, MD – Talking Head %^
* With Caveman
# With Porcelain Raft
% With Purling Hiss
^ With Carter Tanton