Today, The War on Drugs debuted a new video from their recent album Slave Ambient via New York Magazine's Vulture.
"Brothers" perfectly fits the mood of the winter season and makes the listener want to grab a hot cup of coffee to stare longingly out the window. Adam Granduciel sings the song with a Dylan-esque cadence over multiple layers of etherial jangling guitars that ring like a the Rickenbacker of The Byrds' Roger McGuinn while held together with a modern back beat. The video, directed by Brewer a pair of brothers actually named Ben and Alex, is a bleak western narrative that they describe below:
“We kept picturing it as the soundtrack to a dark western like Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid or Unforgiven. That is where the deranged T.V cowboy character came from. We wanted the video to feel like the most exciting five minutes taken out of a longer movie. The biggest challenge in the filming was how to make the old cowboy (played by David Weindel) seem threatening, and how to make the nurse (played by Tallie Medel) seem like she was dealing with the situation the way a normal person might really handle such a nightmare.”
When the band played St. Louis six months ago at the Billikin Club we gave you a preview of the show, but could not review due to a previous DJ engagement. Since then they have played a great version of "Baby Missiles" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with drummer ?uestlove helping the band with a two drummer attack.
In case you missed them a few months back the War on Drugs will return to St. Louis to play a much-anticipated show at the Luminary Center for the Arts on March 31 with Sharon Van Etten. We'd like to see you there.