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Simple Music Video Series: The War on Drugs' "I Was There"

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Today's session is the first we shot at Capital Club 16. We had the bright idea of filming this outside, not taking into consideration the late-winter chilly wind or the general ambient noise that comes with being in downtown Raleigh. Despite an en route ambulance, a few cop cars and buses, it turned out pretty well. Granted, it is much easier to try these setups when your subject is both a friend and genuinely enjoys visiting your hometown.

Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs (TWOD) sat down with us and ran through several numbers off of 2011's Slave Ambient, lauded by many as Album of the Year. Today we present "I Was There." Later that evening, the 2010 Hopscotch alumnus played an amazing set at the Lincoln Theatre. Double cool points to TWOD for being taper-friendly so we all can enjoy hearing that show again until the next one.

Although TWOD is not playing Hopscotch 2012, you might see Adam wandering around downtown at this year's festival. "I think I'll be coming down anyway to watch awesome music, hang with friends and maybe book some studio time. I'd be super psyched to see Hiss Golden Messenger, Philly boy guitar jammer Chris Forsyth, Yo La Tengo, and hells yeah to Wye Oak!!!"

Also performed during our session was one cover song common to TWOD's setlist around this time; however, I don't believe it was performed often as solo acoustic. We will be posting that in the upcoming weeks.


The purpose of the Independent Weekly's Simple Music Video Series is to capture local and touring musicians who we feel are producing something special. The hope is to capture something very simple in order to mirror the experience of viewing a performance as if you were in a small crowd watching a quiet set. We hope for content of the music to be the primary focus of the series, not multiple camera angles meant to keep the viewer guessing and entertained.

Most bands featured in the series will be a sample of the deep pool of talent in the Triangle, while others will represent some of our touring favorites.

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