Live + Photos: The War On Drugs At Harvest Festival, Sydney

Whoever said rock & roll is dead is must have never heard of The War On Drugs. The four piece (of which Kurt Vile is a former member) put on a rocking debut Harvest set, chock full of rock & roll, relying most heavily on their latest effort, 2011′s Slave Ambient.

Through frontman Adam Granduciel‘s Dylan-esque vocals and the band’s no-frills approach, the Philly rockers were able to channel elements of shoegaze, Americana, and classic rock into their too-short set, drawing comparisons to everyone from Tom Petty to My Bloody Valentine. It’s no wonder they’re so influenced by those guys.

“Brothers” had a chilled out vibe that had Granduciel channeling a bit of Lou Reed from his Velvet Underground days. “Baby Missiles” was a much more uptempo number, and “Come To The City” showed some aspects of shoegaze and psychedelia. The band has this way of taking all different elements of some of the most incredible music and fusing them together to create a sound that’s uniquely their own.

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