Hereâ€™s some wicked news if you are a guitarist and loveÂ Philadelphia psych-rockersÂ The War On Drugs: frontman Adam Granduciel wants you to own the bandâ€™s sound.
In the midst of a discussion on all things merchandise, Granduciel tells me the ultimate item he would love to put on the bandâ€™s merch desk would be a special effects box containing the bandâ€™s distinctive sounds.
â€śI reckon it would be cool if we could make four great pedals â€“ and then you could buy The War On Drugs sound,â€ť he said.
â€śEither that or Iâ€™d love to have our own basketball singlet.â€ť
Basketball already has somewhat of a presence in the bandâ€™s merch stocks â€“ a T-shirt containing a new take on the NBA logo has proven to be a popular buy.
â€śSomeone made it for us as a joke â€“ itâ€™s got the logo of the NBA but with my silhouette instead of the real logo,â€ť Granduciel said.
â€śAnd then my dad made some hats for us eight months ago, but we donâ€™t really sell them any more cause they are hilariously ugly.
â€śBut the fact he made them and went out of his way for us was good.â€ť
And depending on how well the items sell at Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, fans should be able to get their hands on The War On Drugsâ€™ unique T-shirts and other merch when they come to Australia in November for Harvest Festival.
Itâ€™s the bandâ€™s first visit to our shores, and Granduciel canâ€™t contain his excitement.
â€śI have never been more excited for a trip than I am for October/November – because we have Japan first and then Australia,” he said.
â€śOur bass player Dave lived in Brisbane about eight or nine years ago, so he canâ€™t wait to see his friends and heâ€™s told me heaps of great places.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s going to be really awesome and itâ€™s an honour to be asked to come all the way down there.â€ť
Granduciel said the bandâ€™s set will be â€śstretched-outâ€ť as much as possible and will feature plenty of material from their acclaimed new album Slave Ambient.
â€śHopefully we can stretch it out, in the club shows we will play for 2 hours sometimes, whereas with festivals weâ€™ve been changing up our sets,â€ť he said.
â€śItâ€™s just the four of us but we get really into it, weâ€™ve grown so much as players over the last few yearsâ€¦ weâ€™ve taken recorded versions of stuff to another level.â€ť
And if youâ€™re lucky, you might just find Granduciel and his bandmates standing next to you in the mosh pit watching other bands on the bill such as Beck, Sigur Ros and Ben Folds Five.
â€śIâ€™ll definitely be hanging out at the festival, walking through the crowd and watching through the bands,â€ť he said.
â€śItâ€™s not every day you get to come to Australia so you donâ€™t want to spend time hanging in the trailer.”
The War On Drugs play at the Harvest Festival in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in November.Â For tickets, dates and more information, click here.
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