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New War on Drugs video: Pain

Video: The War on Drugs – “Pain”

The War on Drugs – Pain [Official Video]

From A Deeper Understanding, out now on Atlantic.

I’m not sure about this. Sounds a little too much like a Don Henley song for me. Am I crazy? I’ve got nothing against bands signing to a major label and trying to gain a larger audience, but something about the production of this (is it the drums? the chorus effect on the guitars?) just sounds like somebody trying to get something on the radio in 1987. Did Ryan Adams produce it? I dunno. The fuzzed out guitar solos at the end are pretty cool, but this song isn’t doing it for me.

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New War On Drugs video: Holding On

Video: The War On Drugs – “Holding On”

The War On Drugs – Holding On [Official Video]

From A Deeper Understanding, due August 25 on Atlantic.

So what happens when an indie band signs with a major label? They get to make a big budget video starring Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell from “The Wire.” It’s a song about how you can’t go home again (or can you?), and the video is well acted and perfectly directed and touching as hell. There’s hope and sadness and nostalgia and friendship and longing, which fits just right with the music.

When you talk about the past
What are we talking of?
Did I let go too fast?
Was I holding on too long?

It’s a great video and well worth however much money that Atlantic spent on it.

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Spend 9 minutes tripping out with the War On Drugs

Video: The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure”

The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure (Official Video)

My pal Jeff busts my chops because I like short songs. Pop songs. I don’t like extraneous filler. Get in and get out.

But I also like Funkadelic. Sometimes a song needs to stretch out to get its point across. I wouldn’t cut a minute out of “Sister Ray,” for example. Same with “Like a Hurricane.”

This song, I’m not so sure. When I suggested that the last three minutes don’t add anything to this song except length, good old Jeff pointed out that “They give you time to reflect.” Which is fair enough. Reflect away.