Tickets for The War on Drugs' new UK tour are on sale this week.

Steeped in slow-burning waves of intrigue and Adam Granduciel's syrupy drawl, Lost In The Dream, the third offering from The War On Drugs, is comfortably one of the albums of 2014. In some ways, it's a record rooted in the past; epic, seamlessly cohesive and unpredictable, bursting with ambitious touchstones that are subtle enough not to descend into pastiche. In other words, it's been a while since I've swooned this dramatically over a conventional guitar record. The band find themselves returning to our shores in the new year, scoffing at the sweatboxes and cramming overwhelming spaces, and you should be bloody excited.

Here's five reasons why you should go see them live:

1. Witness the triumphant crowning of Lost In The Dream in full view of the crowd that it deserves.

Despite my giddy fan-fuelled optimism, I'm not sure I would have believed that a new War On Drugs record could have nestled within the mainstream consciousness cosily enough to inspire a headline slot at the Academy. While it is arguably the largest room that the band have been required to fill, the scale of the venue will allow the most ambitious of tracks to breathe, feel as widescreen as they were intended, and sign off their finest body of work in celebratory mood. An alluring prospect.

2. Embrace an under-appreciated back catalogue.

With Lost In The Dream's meandering trail of woozy guitar solos lingering long in the memory, you could be forgiven for allowing Slave Ambient's sonic smudges to slip your mind, or dismissing the warm embrace that Wagonwheel Blues radiates with hazy ease. Upon reflection, they make a sumptuous trilogy and the noticeable growth that drives each release is something to admire, particularly live. With a tantalising canon of material to greedily cherry-pick from, the spine of a War On Drugs setlist is anything but dull.

3. Truly lose yourself in Adam Granduciel's twisted, mind-bending daydreams.

In his own words, Granduciel pieced Lost In The Dream together through crippling bouts of anxiety and paranoia, a grapple that shakes the album throughout, as notable stabs of melancholy ('Suffering') bubble against thundering surges of euphoria ('Red Eyes'). If playback after playback on my shitty headphones leaves me breathless, it is live when the record should brutally connect and that is a spectacle not to be missed.

4. Pick a side in the Mark Kozelek/War On Drugs brawl.

While we wouldn't wish for you to embroil yourself in a rock star feud, it is quite likely that you find yourself intrigued by a band that apparently resembles "Don Henley meets John Cougar meets Dire Straits meets "Born In The USA" era Bruce Springsteen", as Kozelek poetically scribbled. The band have remained relatively silent, however Kozelek has had a lot to get off his chest ("I challenge The War On Drugs to let me join them onstage and play a hilarious song I've written called: "War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself"") since a sound bleed derailed his set at a recent festival. We're still not sure if they'll bring the "beer commercial lead guitar" along for an airing, though.

5. You can never wear too much denim at a War On Drugs show. Seriously.


Tickets for their newly announced tour go on sale at 9am this Friday (October 3rd).

February 2015:

  • 19 - Albert Hall, Manchester UK [Tickets]
  • 21 - O2 Guildhall, Southampton UK [Tickets]
  • 22 - Dome Concert Hall, Brighton UK [Tickets]
  • 24 - O2 Academy Brixton, London UK [Tickets]
  • 25 - Rock City, Nottingham UK [Tickets]
  • 26 - O2 Academy Leeds, UK [Tickets]
  • 27 - O2 Academy Newcastle, UK [Tickets]
  • 28 - Usher Hall, Edinburgh UK [Tickets]