Roadrunner Records - Slipknot's hard-hitting, aggressive metal anthems are getting…
- Posted on Jun 30th 2008 12:00PM by Jonah Flicker
The band's unique take on traditional rock music realizes the potential of combining experimental ambience and looped samples with bluesy storytelling and rollicking chord progressions. The nine songs that comprise the record are the work of singer Adam Granduciel, a California transplant who, along with friend and bandmate Kurt Vile, has been formulating a dreamy Bob Dylan-meets-Sonic Youth haze for several years. "['Wagonwheel Blues'] took the last six years of my life," Granduciel tells Spinner. "[It] was recorded in so many different places, at so many stages of my own personal recording experience. I love the way the record sounds."
Granduciel says he never had grand aspirations for the songs he was recording in his home studio, and only hooked up with indie label Secretly Canadian through the good intentions of a friend in the band Windsor for the Derby. "He ended up sending [the label] rough mixes I had given to him to listen to on his computer," he recalls. "He's like, 'Hope you don't mind, I sent these to Secretly Canadian.' I was like, 'That was stupid. Why'd you do that?'"
As it turned out, it wasn't such a bad idea. The label was very interested in the band, went to see them play and offered them a deal a few weeks later. The War on Drugs is heading to Europe to play a slew of festival dates in August, then back to the States for some Northeast shows in the fall, with the hopes of expanding their tour in the coming months.
"I'll book it myself if I can," Granduciel says. "It'll be sweet, coming back from Europe. We'll be really solid."