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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Talk Talk in Athens, Greece on July 27th , 1985. Eric BOUVET/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images3/6

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Before hitting the studio, Granduciel read Phill Brown's Are We Still Rolling? which breaks down the tireless sessions for British New Wavers Talk Talk's classics, 1988's Spirit of Eden and 1991's Laughing Stock. That group's trial-and-error methods in the studio encouraged Granduciel to take risks like playing a harmonica through a Leslie speaker. "We were following the spirit of a band like that, which had made a name for themselves with their obsessive kind of perfection."

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