War On Drugs frontman admits Sun Kil Moon album is one of his 2014 highlights

Mark Kozelek recorded 'War On Drugs: Suck My Cock' dis track about Adam Granduciel's band

Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs has said that, despite their well-publicised beef, Sun Kil Moon made one of his favourite albums of the year.

The beef began when Sun Kil Moon mainman Mark Kozelek complained that sound from The War On Drugs’ set bled into Sun Kil Moon’s stage at Canada’s Ottawa Folk Fest in September.

After cross words shared online, Kozelek challenged The War On Drugs to let him join them at San Francisco’s The Fillmore on October 6, where he proposed they’d play “a hilarious song I’ve written called ‘War On Drugs: Suck My Cock/Sun Kil Moon: Go Fuck Yourself'”. The guest appearance failed to happen and the song was released online instead.


Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Granduciel says that listening to Mark Kozelek’s album ‘Benji’ has proven difficult since the musician berated his band. However, he still has goodwill toward the record.

“I listened to [‘Benji’] a lot while we were on tour,” Granduciel says. “I thought it was such a beautiful record, weird and cool and great. I haven’t listened to it since this whole thing between us started, but I probably could if I tried really hard. It would be pretty high in my list of albums of the year. I don’t really know what his problem is. He’s probably just trying to have a little fun. Maybe there’s some comfort in being a little bit of an outsider.”

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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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