Photo by WXPN
Before Kurt Vile ascended into solo stardom, he was a co-founding member of The War on Drugs. Vile and frontman Adam Granduciel actually formed the backbone of the group in 2003, collaborating together in spurts before making it a full-time gig in 2005. Vile helped write and record much of the group’s debut LP, 2008’s Wagonwheel Blues, but departed following the band’s subsequent world tour.
Last week, the band got back together, as it were, as Vile sat in and jammed on a few songs during The War on Drugs’ September 12th show in Philly. The collective tore through an especially epic version of Lost in the Dream standout “Under Pressure”; unfurled Wagonwheel Blues’ mighty roots anthem “Arms Like Boulder”; and delivered a hallmark of recent TWOD gigs, a cover of Bill Fay’s “I Hear You Calling”. While the evening may have been a one-time occasion, the “reunited” band demonstrated a real sense of cohesion, as if Vile had never really left at all.
Local station WXPN was on hand for the show, and you can watch their footage below.
“Arms Like Boulders”:
“I Hear You Calling”: