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Bliss out to the War on Drugs’ stripped-back studio session, recorded live in their rehearsal space

Following the release of their highly-praised fourth album, A Deeper Understanding back in August, The War on Drugs have shared a gorgeous stripped-back studio session recorded at their rehearsal space in Philadelphia.

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Bliss out to stripped back versions of  Pain and You Don’t Have To Go from The War on Drugs, recorded live in their Philadelphia rehearsal space.

The War on Drugs’ sound is underpinned by their expansiveness – gobs of reverb, blooming synths and massive guitars – so these videos lend an interesting perspective to their craft. That being said, the recordings are still lush – acoustically-driven but with warm drums and plodding keys.

Recorded in their Philly live-in rehearsal space, BOK, the session sees the band taking on two tracks from A Deeper Understanding, the tender, heart-wrenching Pain, and a simplified version of album closer, You Don’t Have To Go.

Usually a six-piece, the recordings feature WoD mastermind Adam Granduciel on acoustic guitar, David Hartley on bass, Robbie Bennett on key, and Charlie Hall on drums. Check out the blissful session below.