Hereâs 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 bandâs sound.
In the midst of a discussion on all things merchandise, Granduciel tells me the ultimate item he would love to put on the bandâs merch desk would be a special effects box containing the bandâs distinctive sounds.
âI reckon it would be cool if we could make four great pedals â and then you could buy The War On Drugs sound,â he said.
âEither that or Iâd love to have our own basketball singlet.â
Basketball already has somewhat of a presence in the bandâs merch stocks â a T-shirt containing a new take on the NBA logo has proven to be a popular buy.
âSomeone made it for us as a joke â itâs got the logo of the NBA but with my silhouette instead of the real logo,â Granduciel said.
âAnd then my dad made some hats for us eight months ago, but we donât really sell them any more cause they are hilariously ugly.
âBut the fact he made them and went out of his way for us was good.â
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.
Itâs the bandâs first visit to our shores, and Granduciel canât contain his excitement.
âI have never been more excited for a trip than I am for October/November – because we have Japan first and then Australia,” he said.
âOur bass player Dave lived in Brisbane about eight or nine years ago, so he canât wait to see his friends and heâs told me heaps of great places.â
âItâs going to be really awesome and itâs an honour to be asked to come all the way down there.â
Granduciel said the bandâs set will be âstretched-outâ as much as possible and will feature plenty of material from their acclaimed new album Slave Ambient.
âHopefully we can stretch it out, in the club shows we will play for 2 hours sometimes, whereas with festivals weâve been changing up our sets,â he said.
âItâs just the four of us but we get really into it, weâve grown so much as players over the last few yearsâŚ weâve taken recorded versions of stuff to another level.â
And if youâre 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.
âIâll definitely be hanging out at the festival, walking through the crowd and watching through the bands,â he said.
âItâs not every day you get to come to Australia so you donât 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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