The War On Drugs

uptoeleven Presents

The War On Drugs

Peter Matthew Bauer

Sun, October 12, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Ready Room

St. Louis, MO

$17.00 - $20.00

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This event is all ages

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The War On Drugs
The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream is the third album by Philadelphia band The War on Drugs, but in many ways, it feels like the first. Around the release of the 2011 breakthrough Slave Ambient, Adam Granduciel spent the bulk of two years on the road, touring through progressively larger rock clubs, festival stages and late-night television slots. As these dozen songs shifted and grew beyond what they'd been in the studio, The War on Drugs became a bona fide rock 'n' roll band. That essence drives Lost In The Dream, a 10-song set produced by Granduciel and longtime engineer Jeff Zeigler. In the past, Granduciel built the core of songs largely by himself. But these tunes were played and recorded by the group that had solidified so much on the road: Dave Hartley, (his favorite bassist in the world), who had played a bit on The War on Drugs' 2008 debut Wagonwheel Blues, and pianist Robbie Bennett, a multi-instrumentalist who contributed to Slave Ambient. This unit spent eight months bouncing between a half-dozen different studios that stretched from the mountains of North Carolina to the boroughs of New York City. Only then did Granduciel—the proudly self-professed gearhead, and unrepentant perfectionist—add and subtract, invite guests and retrofit pieces. He sculpted these songs into a musical rescue mission, through and then beyond personal despair and anxiety. Lost In The Dream represents the trials of the trip and the triumphs of its destination. "I wanted there to be a singular voice, but I wanted it to be a project of great friends. Everyone in the band cares about it so much," he says. "That is the crux of it—growing up, dealing with life, having close friends, helping each other get by. That is what the record's all about." As such, these tunes reveal a careful and thrilling reinvention of the sound that's become The War on Drugs' trademark. The signature meld of long tones and scattershot layers still stands, with phantom drum machines and organ lines dotting the musical middle distance all across Lost In The Dream. Note the way the keys whisper against the guitar's growl as the tempestuous "An Ocean in Between the Waves" approaches pentecostal heat. Hear how, when a sharp and hard riff cuts into the inescapable chorus of "Red Eyes," synthetic strings and baritone saxophone shape a soft, infinite bed beneath it. But there's a newfound directness to these tunes, too. Granduciel's voice steps out from behind its typical web of effects—louder now, with more experiences to share and more steel from having survived them. He sounds less like a prismatic reflection of a rock bandleader, more like the emboldened actualization of that idea. With its crisp, unencumbered delivery, "Eyes to the Wind" becomes the album's centerpiece and the group's new anthem. This is Granduciel's to-date triumph and the exact moment where Lost In The Dream moves from a tale of confusion to one of resolve. Throughout most of the record, grips loosen and senses fail, memories are mourned and expectations are abandoned. But after the Rolling Thunder lift of "Eyes to the Wind," Granduciel finds new contentment and direction. Anguish sublimates into deliverance. Backed by his bros, Granduciel becomes a preacher in a new pulpit.
Peter Matthew Bauer
Peter Matthew Bauer
Liberation! PETER MATTHEW BAUER

In the spring of 2014, Peter Matthew Bauer is releasing his first album Liberation! The record is a collection of mostly autobiographical songs on the topic of belief and its various incarnations and phenomena. It touches on such subjects as growing up in a Hindu Yoga cult, Scientology, the city of Philadelphia, the God Shiva, the city of Varanasi, Richard Dawkins and Jorge Luis Borges, and was heavily influenced by the work of Roberto Bolano & Elvis Presley. While a solo artist, the album makes the noise of a full on rock & roll band and his traveling act is a 7 piece barn burner often made up of dirtbag greasers from Fishtown Philadelphia and a group of singing hillbillies from Texas. He will play a 1956 Ivory Gretsch Corvette and the band will sound like a million dollars but don't worry, they're still getting paid in circus peanuts.

About PETER MATTHEW BAUER

Peter Bauer is a writer and musician, having been a founding member of seminal New York city art-rock bands The Walkmen and The Recoys at the turn of the century. He now writes and records under his own name and lives in the Mt Airy section of Philadelphia where he consults with clients on Indian astrology and other mystic ephemera. As a child, Peter was raised in Swami Baba Muktananda's Ashrams in Ganeshpuri, India and upstate New York, interacting with many other Gurus, teachers and healers through the meditation center in his boyhood home and while traveling. Peter studied comparative religion and writing at Boston University and at The New School for Social Research, Vedic astrology with Chakrapani Ullal in Los Angeles, and Gestalt psychotherapy and meditation with his own father Dr. Rudolph Bauer PhD at the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies. He has spent thelast 13 years on the road and can't seem to shake it from his blood.
Venue Information:
The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO, 63110
http://www.thereadyroom.com