The War on Drugs’ Adam Granduciel: ‘I didn’t like the way Mark Kozelek criticised my fans’

Granduciel calls Sun Kil Moon's attacks 'sawdust blowing away'

The War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel has said that he “didn’t like the way Mark Kozelek criticised my fans” after he and the Sun Kil Moon singer became embroiled in an ongoing spat earlier this year.

Speaking to NME about the feud, in which Kozelek dismissed The War on Drugs as “beer commercial lead guitar shit” and posted two songs online entitled ‘War on Drugs: Suck my Cock’ and ‘Adam Granofsky [Granduciel] Blues’, Granduciel said that he tried not to take any of the attacks to heart.

“At the end of the day, it’s just noise,” Granduciel said. “I don’t even know; I try not to take it personally. I mean, I’ve been a fan of his music for 10-plus years, including his more recent stuff. I remember driving across the country on our American tour, listening to [Sun Kil Moon album] ‘Benji’ and being fascinated with it. But all that other stuff… I’m just kinda confused by it.”

Granduciel added that what annoyed him in particular was Kozelek’s “cheap” criticism of War on Drugs fans. “I didn’t like that he criticised my fans. He made it more about the people who come see us play, and he talked poorly of them and the kind of people they are. That seemed really cheap to me. But it’s just sawdust blowing away as far as I’m concerned.”

Granduciel also said that “life feels pretty much the same” after the release of his breakthrough record ‘Lost in the Dream’ last year. Referring to his struggles with depression and anxiety, he said: “That period [when the album was made] is still going on: it’s not like the record came out and everything ended, you know?

“I’m still the same person, in that same period of my life. I wanted this record to be a step up in terms of my own abilities and also a stepping stone for the band to grow, which it has. But in terms of me, the person… I went through a lot of dark moments making this record and now that we’re out promoting it, things have become a little easier, but everything’s still day-to-day.”

The War On Drugs will tour in 2015. The band’s UK tour schedule is as follows:

Manchester Albert Hall (February 18/19)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (21)
Brighton Dome (22)
London O2 Academy Brixton (24, March 2)
Nottingham Rock City (25)
Leeds Brudenell Social Club (26)
Newcastle Eastside (27)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (28)

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