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Four years since their last studio album, The War On Drugs have just released I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the follow-up to their Grammy-winning best rock album A Deeper Understanding. Season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast is a four-part audio documentary that tells the story of the players, studios, engineers, songcraft, and happy accidents that define the 10 songs on the band’s new album. Told through casual conversations with band members and their collaborators, and featuring unreleased recordings, guitar tech Dominic East tracks the album’s progress from the earliest demo sessions in 2018, through the final full-band recording sessions in 2019, and finally inside the summer 2021 rehearsals that marked the band member’s post-quarantine reunion after 18 months apart. With episodes set for release in January 2022 to coincide with The War On Drugs’ tour in support of IDLHA, season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast picks up where we left the band in the fall of 2020 as they were poised to release LIVE DRUGS.

The Super High Quality Podcast The War On Drugs

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    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

Four years since their last studio album, The War On Drugs have just released I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the follow-up to their Grammy-winning best rock album A Deeper Understanding. Season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast is a four-part audio documentary that tells the story of the players, studios, engineers, songcraft, and happy accidents that define the 10 songs on the band’s new album. Told through casual conversations with band members and their collaborators, and featuring unreleased recordings, guitar tech Dominic East tracks the album’s progress from the earliest demo sessions in 2018, through the final full-band recording sessions in 2019, and finally inside the summer 2021 rehearsals that marked the band member’s post-quarantine reunion after 18 months apart. With episodes set for release in January 2022 to coincide with The War On Drugs’ tour in support of IDLHA, season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast picks up where we left the band in the fall of 2020 as they were poised to release LIVE DRUGS.

    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 3

    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 3

    No one has been as instrumental in crafting the sound of The War On Drugs’ last two albums as Shawn Everett, the multi-Grammy-winner who has formed a remarkable studio partnership with band leader Adam Granduciel.  Perfectly suited to handle all manner of explorations, detours, and deadline elasticity, Shawn and the band talk about their collective dedication to the process of making records, and the many ways their process informs the decisions and revisions it took to craft the final versions of the songs on I Don’t Live Here Anymore.  
    Host: Dominic East
    Guests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Shawn Everett

    • 28 min
    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 2

    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 2

    Over the course of recording I Don’t Live Here Anymore, The War On Drugs continued their obsessive exploration of the recording process in sessions at some of NY and LA’s most prestigious studios.  One standout session was the three weeks the band and an extended circle of collaborators and friends, spent at Hollywood’s Electro Vox in the spring of 2019.  A favorite of the band because it provides access to an outrageous palette of gear that playfully challenged the group’s experimental side, the Vox session was the center point of the IDLHA recordings.  In this episode, the band revisits the keeper takes, wrong turns and discoveries that helped inch the songs closer toward completion.  In addition to the 6 band members, guitarist Michael Bloch joins the conversation as the guys re-live the highlights of those memorable weeks at Vox.  
    Host: Dominic East
    Guests: Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Michael Bloch

    • 26 min
    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 1

    I Don't Live Here Anymore - Part 1

    Over 5 days in March 2018, during a short break in the band’s heavy touring schedule, Adam Granduciel took bassist Dave Hartley and multi-instrumentalist Anthony LaMarca to an Upstate New York studio.  Decamping to Outlier Studios with Philadelphia friend and engineer Nick Krill, the four quickly realized that the session was becoming more productive than a typical demo session.  With the added focus provided by the remote setting (immortalized on the cover of the new album I Don’t Live Here Anymore), the sweet “engine room” of this stripped-down configuration of The War On Drugs, set the course for the development of Adam’s next batch of songs.  In Part 1 of this season’s SHQ Podcast, Adam, Dave, Anthony, and Nick discuss their time at Outlier and revisit the four songs that were uncovered as the 3-year journey to IDLHA began.
    Host: Dominic East
    Guests:  Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Nick Krill

    • 30 min
    The Super High Quality Podcast Trailer, Season 2

    The Super High Quality Podcast Trailer, Season 2

    Four years since their last studio album, The War On Drugs have just released I Don’t Live Here Anymore, the follow-up to their Grammy-winning best rock album A Deeper Understanding.   Season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast is a four-part audio documentary that tells the story of the players, studios, engineers, songcraft, and happy accidents that define the 10 songs on the band’s new album.  Told through casual conversations with band members and their collaborators, and featuring unreleased recordings, guitar tech Dominic East tracks the album’s progress from the earliest demo sessions in 2018, through the final full-band recording sessions in 2019, and finally inside the summer 2021 rehearsals that marked the band member’s post-quarantine reunion after 18 months apart.   
    With episodes set for release in January 2022 to coincide with The War On Drugs’ tour in support of IDLHA, season 2 of the Super High Quality Podcast picks up where we left the band in the fall of 2020 as they were poised to release LIVE DRUGS.

    • 2 min
    LIVE DRUGS - Part 4

    LIVE DRUGS - Part 4

    With studio sessions put on hold and their new studio album postponed, The War On Drugs decided instead to release LIVE DRUGS.  In Part 4 of The Super High Quality Podcast the band members share their individual experiences under lockdown and the ways the experience informed the decision to punctuate this point in The War On Drugs’ history with the release of a live album.   From sanitizer-insanity to anticipation for a return to live performance with “David Lee Roth kicks”, the band reflects on an extraordinary year.


    Host: 
    Dominic East
    Guests: 
    Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Craig McQuiston

    • 27 min
    LIVE DRUGS - Part 3

    LIVE DRUGS - Part 3

    Perhaps no song in The War On Drugs’ catalog embodies the “sound” of the band as much as “Under The Pressure”.   Part 3 of The Super High Quality Podcast, digs deep inside this ambient journey.  From the improvised sonic stew that developed into an alternative song intro, to the iconic sample drop, through to the tension and release created by the mid-song breakdown, and culminating in the indelible image of the illuminated audience when the song kicks back in for the driving two-chord climax, “Pressure” is the centerpiece of the band’s live show.  The band and key members of their road crew, discuss their individual roles and how the interplay between each of these jobs converges to define every unique performance of this epic song.   The band also discusses how a casual mid-tour gear purchase changed this song forever, or at least for now.  “Under The Pressure” is the penultimate track on the fourth side of LIVE DRUGS.


    Host: 
    Dominic East
    Guests: 
    Adam Granduciel, Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie Hall, Anthony LaMarca, Jon Natchez, Bob Strakele, Laurence Eaves, Matthew Walsh, Ben Silverstein

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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I wish there was an episode for each song. Great podcast. Can’t wait to see the band again when live music returns

YagyuGrass ,

RIYL bland bros

Ah yes just what the world needed- more old white dudes raving about how great their blues/yacht noodlings are. If you think this band is the greatest thing ever, I feel sorry for you, but at least you’ll enjoy this trash.

Lehmz ,

This is my favorite podcast ever!

This is such a great compendium to the live album! Finding out it was only 4 episodes was the worst thing to happen In 2020!

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