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guthrieandme
(Bend, Oregon)
Posted: May 30, 2018 19:09
 

 gratefulgator wrote:
Every time I hear this I think it's Bryan Adams... for whatever that's worth.

 
Ok, at least it's not just me... I hear Bryan Adams, too. 
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: May 29, 2018 15:07
 

The name is relevant to Adam Granduciel's personal war against substance abuse.  Which, apparently and to the benefit of his fans, he won.
fredGarvin
Posted: May 29, 2018 15:03
 

 Proclivities wrote:

I hadn't thought much about it before, but have there been very many bands whose band names were relevant to their music?

 
The Eagles.  They produced copious amounts of poop.
lizardking
(700 miles north of Paradise)
Posted: May 18, 2018 8:05
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?
Proclivities wrote:

I hadn't thought much about it before, but have there been very many bands whose band names were relevant to their music?

 
I think you're right, Proc; most bands names don't seem to match the musical content of the band.  Although from the song lyrics, esp. on this 2017 effort, it does seem like Adam had some personal demons; might be that the music was his escape.  He refers to the serenity prayer in one, an old guy with a broken back and PAIN (hint?) - so this might actually be a guy trying to fight drug abuse.  Damn....now I really want to know what his impetus was for that name!!  Maybe after I get some work done this fine spring morning in Seattle.  ;-)

*EDIT*

Damn if Proc is right on - the band name appears to have come down to TWOD vs "The Rigatoni Danzas" (that is a funny name though, no?)

First, from Artistfacts, the story of the song "Pain"

Adam Granduciel was plagued for three or four years by a chronic back problem. It started out as a bulging disc, but gradually escalated from annoying too debilitating. By October 2016, when he was trying to complete A Deeper Understanding, the agony was unbearable.

"It was bad, bad, bad, bad, bad," he told Q Magazine. "I was in pain all the time. I couldn't sit in a chair for more than a couple of minutes. I couldn't stand and hold a guitar for more than a minute. I was 8 months into making the record and I had to get it fixed or I wouldn't have been able to get it done."

The War on Drugs frontman finally had surgery November 2016 and his ordeal inspired the song "Pain."

And as far as the band name goes, from our trusty research website (Wiki):

Regarding the band's name, Granduciel noted, "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"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_on_Drugs_(band)

 

quintana
(Germany)
Posted: Apr 05, 2018 12:56
 

Not their best song but still a solid 8 for me. I can't think of any song from TWOD that I'd rate lower than 7.
cavemanleong
(Vancouver, BC)
Posted: Mar 12, 2018 16:04
 

LOVE THIS BAND! {#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}
Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Feb 23, 2018 10:59
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?
 
I hadn't thought much about it before, but have there been very many bands whose band names were relevant to their music?
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Jan 24, 2018 18:26
 

 gratefulgator wrote:
Every time I hear this I think it's Bryan Adams... for whatever that's worth.

 
Yuck.  
meatmike
(Memphis)
Posted: Jan 10, 2018 7:44
 

I'd say there's more drive than you'd get with hypnotic music and that's what I like about it.
vanillagorilla
(west kelowna, b.c.)
Posted: Jan 05, 2018 9:07
 

Diggin this band a lot lately, reminds me of the Waterboys, I like the way the songs kind of roll along almost hypnotically
SurfDoc
(Everywhere)
Posted: Dec 28, 2017 15:13
 

Just changed from 9>10.  These guys really grow on ya.  Thanks RP
sfyi2001
(Seattle)
Posted: Dec 06, 2017 23:15
 


                                                        
                                                 ADAM GRANDUCIEL 
                                                   guitar - lead vocal


gratefulgator
(San Francisco CA)
Posted: Nov 07, 2017 14:16
 

Every time I hear this I think it's Bryan Adams... for whatever that's worth.
walter_sintenie
(the Netherlands)
Posted: Nov 02, 2017 2:40
 

 EchtNiet wrote:

Same here ;-)

 

 

Fantastic performance in Amsterdam Nov 1st : great show !


westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 13:50
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?

 
From what I can tell, the name of the band is irrelevant to the music.  

If anything Adam Granduciel has won his own personal war on 'drugs'.   He quit them all.  

But given that the actual War on Drugs in North America is currently being rolled back, the timing is not bad.  
Imkirok
(The Arctic Hinter Land)
Posted: Oct 12, 2017 13:48
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?

 
You're overthinking this.


rpdevotee
(San Jose, CA)
Posted: Oct 11, 2017 14:02
 

Is this really the best name a band can come up with?  And how is this name relevant in any way to their music?
Vakse
(On top of Germany, where else!)
Posted: Oct 06, 2017 9:44
 

just got tickets....
{#Bananajam}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
{#Sunny} 
TerryS
(Another SW)
Posted: Sep 27, 2017 19:33
 

The current occupant denies it too. So do his Russian friends.
Aside from that, I quite like the tack.
DaidyBoy
(Bristol, UK)
Posted: Sep 25, 2017 1:11
 

 rpdevotee wrote:
I heard this band was started by Richard Nixon

 
He denied it.