November 28, 2017

Philly band The War On Drugs nominated for Grammy Award

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Robbie Bennett, from left, Charlie Hall, David Hartley and Adam Granduciel of the band The War On Drugs visit the Radio 104.5 Performance Theater on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Philly rockers The War On Drugs are up for a Grammy Award.

The band's fourth studio album, "A Deeper Understanding," has been nominated for Best Rock Album along with releases from Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon and Nothing More.

"A Deeper Understanding" received widespread critical acclaim after its August release. It currently holds an 81/100 rating on Metacritic and was given gushing reviews that praised the album's lush, sometimes psychedelic soundscapes.


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Rolling Stone's Will Hermes wrote: "Steadily widening the canvas since co-founder Kurt Vile's departure, leader Adam Granduciel achieves full-on sonic rapture with his band's latest LP, an abstract-expressionist mural of synth-pop and heartland rock colored by bruised optimism and some of his most generous, incandescent guitar ever."

The release is the band's second since Vile left the group to focus on a successful solo career. The group has since steadily established itself as one of rock's biggest acts, leading the New Yorker to recently wonder whether they're the genre's next "torchbearer."

The 60th annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS on Jan. 28, 2018. A full list of nominees can be found here.