The War on Drugs on Winning a Grammy for Best Rock Album

May 12, 2018

The War On Drugs (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for KROQ)


By Scott T. Sterling

It’s safe to say that Adam Granduciel didn’t really believe his band, The War on Drugs, had a chance to win this year’s Grammy award for Best Rock Album.

With stiff competition from the likes of Metallica and Queens of the Stone Age, it was indeed The War on Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding that was announced as the winner.

Granduciel pondered the monumental moment during an interview with Stryker at the KROQ Weenie Roast.

“We were in New Zealand when it happened,” Granduciel recalled. “I think we were real excited just to get nominated. My whole thing the whole time was that—myself included, when I was younger—a lot of times, that’s how you find out about new music. The Grammys, awards, whatever. So I was just hoping, at least we’re nominated, so more people can find our record and see us play. We’re really honored that it happened.”

For Granduciel, the best part of the win was celebrating it with his mom and dad. .

“I got a great photo of my parents holding the Grammy at our show in New York when they got it in the mail, the guitarist smiled. “It’s one of those things.”

The War on Drugs will be touring around the world for most of 2018 in support of A Deeper Understand, with a local date set at the legendary Hollywood Bowl on Sept. 16.