The War on Drugs on the Sonic Roots of 'A Deeper Understanding'

Adam Granduciel guides us through his key influences, from Bruce Springsteen to Sonic Youth

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Bruce Springsteen

Granduciel calls Springsteen a big influence, from his lyrics to his work ethic. Last year, Granduciel went through a Ghost of Tom Joad phase, falling in love with narratives like "Highway 29," about an affair that turns violent. "It feels like he spent forever on every song," he says. "He's working on telling stories. It just made me want to keep pushing."

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