The War On Drugs, the project of Adam Granduciel, stops the tour van at the Billiken Club near St. Louis University Tuesday, August 30 to play for the local hipsters and music disciples. There is, however, no need to hide the stash. These guys aren't going to narc anybody out, but best leave it at home just in case.
Every song on Slave Ambient is instantly identifiable and infinitely intricate, a latticework of ideas and energies building into mile-high rock anthems. - PR description of Slave Ambient
Here at 3 Minute Record, we were given a preview of the new second full-length album, Slave Ambient, recently released by Secretly Canadian. Billed as "a brilliant 47-minute sprawl of rock ’n’ roll, conceptualized with a sense of adventure and captured with seasons of bravado," somewhere, stripped bare to the very core, you can hear '80s Heartland Rock 'n Roll in these songs. Recorded over the course of four years the album is a wash in guitars and synthesizers. Underneath the synth layers and echo laden vocals listen hard and you can hear some Born In The USA Springsteen or Scarecrow era Mellencamp in these songs; if they were produced by Kevin Shields (of My Bloody Valentine). Add in a dose of Lou Reed vocal stylings and you're getting close to putting this sound into words. The lyrics and mood on "Come to the City" squarely hit the mark with this description.