The War on Drugs – Southampton Guildhall Review 21 February 2015

For so many, including myself, last year the very best record was Lost In The Dream by the War on Drugs. It was a truly wonderful record full of stunning moments from start to finish. So an opportunity to see them live should not be passed up.

Opening with the superb Under the Pressure, the band entertained a packed guildhall for the best part of 2 hours. Focussing largely on the afore mentioned album and its predecessor Slave Ambient.

The influences of Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan are clear all the way through. Come to the City, Arms Like Boulders and the delightful Red Eyes kept everyone enthralled.

Even when singer Adam Granduciel managed to lose his way at the start of the encore, he manged to do it with real,charm explaining that his dog had ruined his glasses and his mind was elsewhere which produced a laugh all round. 

Strong guitar solos were a theme but it was the sheer quality of the songs that enabled the band to expand and really give anyone who saw them real entertainment.

It may have been a cold night outside but it certainly was warm on the inside with a lot of the warmth heading in the direction of the stage.

If you do get the chance to see them play don’t pass it by, you’ll regret it.

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