Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs on the band's history and Slave Ambient

The War On Drugs (due Sunday, October 30, at the hi-dive with Purling Hiss and Carter Tanton) started to take shape when Adam Granduciel moved back to the East Coast from Oakland to settle in Philadelphia. Once there, Granduciel began to play music with various people in the area, including Kurt Vile; Granduciel and Vile played in each other's projects, and sometimes Granduciel still tours with The Violators.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.