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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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds during Tuesday's June 13, 2017 show. Scott Kowalchyk/CBS/Getty Images5/6

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Granduciel calls the Bad Seeds' latest album, Skeleton Tree, a "work of art." "It sounded like they arrived at sounds a lot easier, maybe in a more communal way," he says. "It reminded me that music can be intense and personal, but it can also be just fun." The album pushed Granduciel to layer sounds differently, like adding vibraphones behind heavy guitars on the album opener, "Up All Night." "It's fun to throw a bunch of sounds down and sift through it and make something really beautiful."

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