As people filed into Moody Theater on Monday night, it was hard not to notice the amount of musical gear that was on stage. There seemed to be an endless amount of guitar pedals and amps plugged in for The War On Drugs frontman Adam Granduciel to work his magic. This was definitely going to be a loud night.
Making their debut on Austin City Limits, The War On Drugs focused a majority of their set on Lost In The Dream, their 2014 album release. The sextet made their way on stage and immediately jumped into it with “Under The Pressure.” Compared to their performance last September at Stubb’s, the first half of the set was a bit more tame than expected. After performing “Baby Missiles” and “Arms Like Boulders,” The War On Drugs went back to playing songs from their latest album release to build momentum. The band let loose as Granduciel told the crowd he finally felt “warmed up,” after an epic rendition of “Eyes To The Wind.” Fans stood and applauded as they felt the electricity vibing from the band.
As long as it took to build the excitement, the show came to an end much faster. Feeding off of the buzz from the last song, The War on Drugs performed fan-favorite “Red Eyes” and “In Reverse,” the second track being the last on their Dream album. The diversity of instruments in their band was something to appreciate throughout the set. Bandmates Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez switched from playing keys to guitar and horns for many songs throughout the set. Granduciel’s pipes are hard to match, but bassist David Hartley provided wonderful harmonies during certain tracks.
.Performing what the crowd thought was the last song before the encore, The War on Drugs chose one of their slower songs “Suffering” as the show closer which was a unique way to end a show that typically ends on a high. As the band exited the stage, most of the crowd stuck around in hopes of an encore. There was no such luck, as the lights came on and all of the people around me sighed, You can catch their episode when it airs during season 41.
* Live photos courtesy of KLRU. All photos below by Scott Newton.