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December 7, 2020 23 min

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.

Dominic East

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

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