- 01 Jun 18
Their Tom Petty-goes-shoegaze sound made them stars, but sensitive frontman Adam Granduciel wasn’t ready for the spotlight. Ahead of their Forbidden Fruit headline performance, he talks to Ed Power about embracing his inner rock god and making peace with the Petty and Springsteen comparisons.
The last time Hot Press spoke to Adam Granduciel, the War On Drugs frontman was fighting his own battles. It was 2014 and, after a decade of more or less blissful obscurity, he and his band were on their way to becoming famous.
Their just released third album, Lost In The Dream, was roaring up the charts, leaving hyperbolic critics in its wake. The introverted Granduciel – that’s him, moping on the record’s cover – was having a difficult time processing what was going on.
He was polite during our chat – sweet even. He was clearly also someone with a weight on his shoulders, as if the gravity had suddenly been turned up.