The War on Drugs “Baby Missiles”

By Brad Reno on Thursday, September 15th, 2011  |  2,922 views

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The War on Drugs “Baby Missiles” The War on Drugs “Baby Missiles”

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Philadelphia’s War on Drugs are the damnedest folk-rock band one is likely to hear in this day and age. While the roots of their sound are very definitely sunken very deep in Dylan and The Byrds, they take that sound to some out-of-the-way places. The War on Drugs sneak up on the tambourine man, drag him onto their own magic swirlin’ ship, and on the jingle-jangle mornin’ leave him staggering through the foggy ruins of time.

Take “Baby Missiles,” a track from the band’s second full-length album, Slave Ambient. At heart, it’s a sprightly folk tune not far removed from Dylan’s “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.” However, The War on Drugs smother the song with droning, swirling psychedelic keyboards that ebb and flow atop each other, creating the feeling of being chased by a pack of hellhounds down an alley where the paving stones refuse to sit still.

Andy Granduciel’s vocals are a mix of Dylan, The Waterboys’ Mike Scott and Wovenhand’s David Eugene Edwards as he spits out his lyrics in order to stay ahead of the song’s frantic gallop – one gets the impression that if paused for a breath the rest of the band would trample him in the dust. “Baby Missiles” doesn’t really fit in the genre generally referred to as psych-folk, typified by bands like Mazzy Star – it’s a little too psycho to be psych-folk.

(Previously spotlighted artist) Kurt Vile, one of the founding members of The War on Drugs, moved on to a well-regarded solo career before Slave Ambient was recorded. Vile is an immensely talented individual, but on “Baby Missiles” his old band doesn’t seem to miss him much. Granduciel and his cronies have more than enough ideas of their own to make The War on Drugs a fascinating band.

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