Review By: Mike Gerry
Photos By: Jamie Platus
Peter Matthew Bauer, former bass guitarist for the great indie rock band The Walkmen, opened up the show at the Tabernacle Atlanta with a thrilling set from his debut solo album, “Liberation!” Peter was a great talented opener preparing the crowd for what was to come from The War On Drugs.
When we first heard The War On Drugs “Slave Ambient“, we were immediately blown away. Something new, fresh, but yet an ode to the past. Slave Ambient was our favorite album from 2011, but yet we weren’t able to catch TWOD live, experience that sound, those guitars live.
Early 2014 arrives and TWOD released once again the album of the year: “Lost In The Dream“, an album that will stand the test of time. But the early 2014 tour didn’t have an Atlanta date. That band that you must see live continues to allude us. But finally in mid October, The War On Drugs was back to play Atlanta, this time at The Tabernacle where many of our favorite shows over the years have occurred. We knew this show would be epic. It was.
Adam Granduciel isn’t one to say much, that’s not what we were there for. That’s not what he is there for. He was there to play. And play he did. In a place like the Tabernacle, big open venue with killer sound, it is built for a band like The War On Drugs. Loud, huge guitars, sometimes of the beer commercial type ($1 to Mark Kozelek), energy, musicianship, this group plays together as great as any. This was one great night we want to relive over and over. Hopefully we will be hearing these guys for years to come, and plenty of more opportunities to see them live, because you know we will be there.