The War on Drugs is an American indie rock band from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 2005.
Founded by close collaborators Granduciel and Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs released their debut studio album
in 2008. Vile departed shortly after its release to focus on his solo career.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Americana, indie rock, shoegazing
Kurt Vile, The Capitol Years
"My friend Julian and I came up with it a few years ago over a couple
bottles of red wine and a few typewriters when we were living in Oakland.
We were writing a lot back then, working on a dictionary, and it just came out
and we were like "hey, good band name so eventually when I moved to Philadelphia
and got a band together I used it. It was either that or The Rigatoni Danzas. I think
we made the right choice. I always felt though that it was the kind of name I could
record all sorts of different music under without any sort of predictability inherent in the name"
Adam Granduciel -
vocals, guitars, harmonica, keyboards, samplers (2005-present)
Dave Hartley -
bass guitar, electric guitars (2005-present)
Robbie Bennett -
keyboards, piano, guitars (2010-present)
Patrick Berkery -
drums, percussion (2012-present)
Steven Urgo -
drums, percussion, sampler (2010-2012)
Mike Zanghi -
drums, percussion, sampler (2008-2010)
Kurt Vile -
electric guitar (2005-2009)
Kyle Lloyd -
Charlie Hall -