Collective Concerts & Indie88 Present
The War On Drugs
178 Victoria St.
Toronto, ON, M5B 1T6
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
The War On Drugs
Philedelphia's the War on Drugs reside at the blurred edges of American music: overexposing studio limitations, piling tape upon tape to maximum density, and then -- with each song -- they pull off the scaffolding to reveal what sticks, keeping only what's absolutely necessary and dig into what sounds like the best kind of fucked up. As on their 2008 debut, Wagonwheel Blues, central member Adam Granduciel takes small moments occurring over multiple tapes and multiple song versions, and puts every last drop of trust in his own keen instinct of momentum.
That's not to overshadow the sharp, personal songwriting at play here. There are certainly cues taken from our very best American bards (Dylan, Petty, Springsteen). Yet, The War on Drugs are wise enough to also implode those cues or send themselves into outer space when the moment calls for it. The driving organ riff that pushes "Baby Missiles," from the band's 2010 epic EP Future Weather, may well be inspired by a fever dream of Springsteen rather than any particular song in his catalogue. And the endless layers of guitar melody and atmospherics of "Comin' Through," also from Future Weather, rather than add weither to the vessell, only work to fill its sails with warmer and warmer winds.
The Building is brothers Anthony and Angelo LaMarca from Youngstown, Ohio. They released their first album 'The Swooshy Businessman' in 2012. The songs dealt with the brothers' search for positive male influence in their life. Someone who hadn't lied, cheated, given up, left, walked away…
In May 2015 Angelo and Anthony started recording a new album called 'Reconciliation' with Gary Rhamy at Peppermint Recording Studio in Youngstown, a place made famous by their multiple Grammy-award winning Polka recordings. Some of the songs they were working on examined some of the choices their dad made in his life while dealing with an MS diagnosis in his late twenties. Questioning how people deal with tragedy, whether they know it is coming or not. A few months later Anthony found out he had Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer), throwing him into the same situation he had been writing about. They finished the record by the end of the year, half recorded before knowing what was wrong and half after, with the health news obviously influencing the songs. It can be an intense listen; dealing with confusion, fear, not knowing what's coming or how it will work out, death… Their goal though was not to provide more problems, but to find peace in the situation, to try and navigate this all with consideration and patience. The goal is to get rid of all fear, especially of inevitable situations.
Anthony LaMarca currently plays in The War On Drugs, sometimes with Dean & Britta, and previously with St. Vincent. He has a perfect wife named Megan and also a wonderful German Shepherd named Petra. His favorite grocery store is Giant Eagle.
Angelo LaMarca currently teaches art at two different Youngstown schools. His paintings are featured on the 'Reconciliation' packaging. He and his wife Andra have a daughter who is full of light and loves to point at things. Angelo is a big advocate for early 21st century Dodge Caravans.