THE WAR ON DRUGS and THE HIGH STRUNG with DRUNKEN BARN DANCE at the Pike Room

TUESDAY DECEMBER 9, 2008
doors at 8PM
tickets: $8 (buy tickets)

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In their own words, THE WAR ON DRUGS brings a dose of West Coast to the streets of Philadelphia. Their music will remind you of 80's guitars like those of Sonic Youth and mesmerizing lyrics and vocals like those of Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. The War On Drugs came into existence after several sessions between frontman Adam Granduciel and guitarist Kurt Vile, two huge Bob Dylan fans that met each other in 2003. The Philadelphia band quickly became a familiar face in their hometown's club scene. It didn't take long before they were playing in New York and other cities. They finished their 'Barrels Of Batteries' EP in 2007, which can still be downloaded for free at the Secretly Canadian website. One year later The War On Drugs were signed and released their first record.

With THE HIGH STRUNG: Extremely hard workers, they are often mistaken as something much more simple than they are. The High Strung are not a traditional rock and roll band. The High Strung don't have a bluesy bone in their body (though they sometimes long for one). And because of a vigorous tour schedule that wasn't planned but continued to feed off itself nonetheless, the High Strung do not belong to any one scene or "movement". They can't sit still! It is hard to say exactly who the band sounds like (the words "quirky" and "autonomous" are ascribed them often) and it's maybe more telling to explain them in unusual musical terms. NPR's This American Life did a feature on the band for a tour of public libraries they did this past summer. How does one explain that exactly? A band who doesn't play anything close to kids' music, playing libraries at three in the afternoon or seven at night... standing on their amps... answering questions about girlfriends and volume and beer? The High Strung are a band to root for. A band you can get behind. And the landscape (mountains, we'll say) created by a rhythm section who do not quit, and the bird-like voice that echoes off those mountains, makes for a hell of a back-drop for characters who do not fit exactly into the traditional rock n' roll landscape.

DRUNKEN BARN DANCE opens.

 

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