After canceling its European tour dates in February and March, Philadelphia indie-rock quartet the War On Drugs is set to fulfill its promise to bring its sound across the Atlantic this fall. The tour, which will hit cities in North America and Europe, begins two days after the release of the band’s second album, Slave Ambient, on August 16 with an August 18 show in the War On Drugs’ hometown.
The band recorded Slave Ambient over a four-year period in North Carolina and in frontman Adam Granduciel’s Philadelphia home studio, a process that sucked up funds for the group’s European shows last winter. “It was a difficult time for me, and it’s a shame it had to happen, but there was no alternative,” Granduciel says to CMJ. He hopes to compensate for the cancellation during the upcoming European gigs, potentially with “loads of free merch.” This time, War On Drugs has planned a late summer tour that will bring its psychedelic synth-rock to the Incubate Festival in the Netherlands and finish at the DeLuna Festival in Florida on October 14. According to Granduciel, the group hopes to add a fifth musician to its ranks and may bring in a horn section for its live shows to help the band “not so much re-create this beast of a record but interpret it differently every night.”
Slave Ambient is to be released on Indiana label Secretly Canadian, which has released work by Animal Collective and Yeasayer. Check below for tour dates and the tracklist for Slave Ambient.