We are back with a new season of the Fan Podcast! In episode 23 we talk with 3FM DJ Wijnand Speelman about The War On Drugs. The American band is currently touring Europe and therefore we had a perfect opportunity to talk with big fan and expert Wijnand Speelman. He introduces the band to you and explains why the band is so special to him.

In the We Speak Music Fan Podcast, host Micha van Hoorn talks with music fans about their favorite artists or music. Fans have one hour to make a statement why everyone should be a fan of their passion. Hearing fans talk about their idols is an amazing way to discover new musical insights, so sit back and enjoy!

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The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs is an American indie rock band. The band was founded in 2005 by Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel. Kurt Vile left the band in 2008 and The War On Drugs continued under the direction of Adam. A few years and 2 albums later, the band released their break through album Lost In The Dream in 2014. In 2017, The War On Drugs released the album A Deeper Understanding, which was received with great responses as well. They received a Grammy in the category Best Rock for it.

The Fan

Wijnand Speelman is a DJ at the Dutch Radiostation 3FM. He first listened to The War On Drugs in 2014, when he was introduced to the album Lost In The Dream. Since that moment he is hooked and a big fan, so he told during the podcast. He met the band and interviewed them twice in his radio show. Wijnand gives you an introduction to the band and explains The War On Drugs is so special to him.

Clips from the podcast

In the podcast we discuss a number of topics and we listened to different songs. Wijnand spoke with the band at Down The Rabbit Hole in 2015, where he saw the band live for the first time.

Red Eyes

The most famous track of breakthrough album Lost In The Dream is ‘Red Eyes’. One of the few suitable radio songs of The War On Drugs, but also with that specific sound.

Under The Pressure

‘Under The Pressure’ was also a single from Lost In The Dream. One of the first acquaintances of Wijnand with the band. In the podcast Wijnand tells you exactly what to look out for when you’re listening to this track.

In Reverse

‘In Reverse’ is the song with the specific intro in which Wijnand heard the sea, but what actually turned out to be an effect of Adam’s guitar. It takes you 7:41 minutes, but you won’t notice that if you listen to it. Listen to the podcast to hear Wijnands introduction to this song.

In Chains

We close the podcast with ‘In Chains’. This track is from the bands latest album A Deeper Understanding.

Would you like to be a guest in the podcast once again to introduce a band to us? Or do you know someone whom we really need to invite once? Let us know and send an email to info@wespeakmusic.tv!

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