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The War on Drugs — Under The Pressure
Album: Lost in the Dream
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Released: 2014
Length: 8:47
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Well the comedown here was easy
Like the arrival of a new day
But a dream like this gets wasted
Without you
Under the pressure is where we are

You're the only one
Like an illusion
Slowly fading
Until there's nothing at all

When it all breaks down and we're runaways
Standing in the wake of our pain
Will we stare straight into nothin'?
Will we call it all...
You were raised on that promise
To find that over time
Better come around to the new way...
Or watch as it all breaks down here
Under the pressure
Yeah its where we are

Well the break down
Stole it all the way across
Stranded on..
When you come here and I'm wasted...
Lying on a hill, dancin' in the rain
Hidin in the back, loosening my grip
I'm just wading in the water
Just trying not to crack under the pressure
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Some bands have great songs...some groups have great lyrics....some songs have great vibes...sometimes a song grabs U...this one even with the repetative stanza works 4 ME!
I like the band and this song too. But I wonder if it will become for them what  'Clocks' is for Coldplay.  
 westslope wrote:
Played this one driving back home up the Slocan Valley and then on to the ferry at Shelter Bay.  

Highway 23 folks.   In British Columbia.

Careful now, the geo-centric forces of the earth are rumoured to surface in the Slocan.  If you linger, you may never be the same again.

I do not ride motor-cycles, but that would be one helluva piece of road to bike on.  
 

Hm, I have been there, in 2015, but I did not feel any strange feelings afterwards.....Perhaps because I am from Norway :)
 westslope wrote:
Played this one driving back home up the Slocan Valley and then on to the ferry at Shelter Bay.  

Highway 23 folks.   In British Columbia.

Careful now, the geo-centric forces of the earth are rumoured to surface in the Slocan.  If you linger, you may never be the same again.

I do not ride motor-cycles, but that would be one helluva piece of road to bike on.  
 

Ha! Hello, Neighbour. I live in Nelson (also British Columbia, for you  far away listeners). I've had the good fortune to ride a motorbike  and  a road-racing pedal bike along all these roads. It's a little bit of heaven each ride....
Discovered this band through FIFA and explored it on RP, love this song!
Played this one driving back home up the Slocan Valley and then on to the ferry at Shelter Bay.  

Highway 23 folks.   In British Columbia.

Careful now, the geo-centric forces of the earth are rumoured to surface in the Slocan.  If you linger, you may never be the same again.

I do not ride motor-cycles, but that would be one helluva piece of road to bike on.  
Love the sound of the sprinkler at the start!
I like this band but this song sounds like lame Coldplay. Or I mean Coldplay. Lame.
 BCarn wrote:
Just bought this CD and A deeper Understanding. Very impressed.  (And yes, I still buy CD's!...I like having the actual tangible product and not a bunch of 1's and 0's.)

 
Funny since the CD has a bunch of 1's & 0's 'pitted' on it that are really the same thing as the 1's & 0's of an .mp3 or .flac - still, I know what you mean about having something to touch, insert and play (hey now!) Long Live RP!!
I love the drone at the end
10......... more TWOD please ! 
Love this band....
Naugatuck,Connecticut 
As a 20-something this song, band and album became something more than the usual music released on a daily basis. Transformative, dreamlike, subtle and hints of genuis. Back in 2014 this album was undoubtedly influential to a certain group of young millenials trying to find meaning and purpose in the early 21th century. Hugely subjective but a definitive 10/10 for me. They're amazing live also!
who will invented peace drug or it was before jesus?
actually when I have money, people who I like "adult" wants drug from me.
Love this Band ... Thanks RP XX
I really don't see what people see in this band. So unemotional and bland.
 On_The_Beach wrote:


Something about an orange clown wanting a border wall?
 
Brilliant! 
 jagla wrote:
Reason for the long drawn out shut down?
 

Something about an orange clown wanting a border wall?
Thank you RP ...love this band ...:-)
 Chewie wrote:
Absolutely adore this song and the album & band in general.  Played it constantly in the car on a trip to the Isle of Skye earlier in the year.  Driving on epic roads, listening to this amazing music just made for a sublime experience.

Speaking of the long outro, I pulled up to some traffic lights in my home town, right as the outro kicks in. It was a hot day so I had my windows open and the stereo turned up. There was a guy walking down the other side of the road and he stopped and stared at my car with a look of incomprehension on his face - I think it blew his mind a little bit...
 

boring
I just watched the last episode of BoJack Horseman - they used this song at the end .... very effective.
3 TWOD songs in the last 2 hours. Love the band but repetition is creeping in to the groovy playlists.
C'mon Bill?
I seem to get this song often on PSD. And I listen to it all the way through every time!
sooo boring ! way over played.
ya aa aar red
7...8.....9   Yummy
I like it. Sounds like Future Islands meets the Waterboys.
Just bought this CD and A deeper Understanding. Very impressed.  (And yes, I still buy CD's!...I like having the actual tangible product and not a bunch of 1's and 0's.)

Absolutely adore this song and the album & band in general.  Played it constantly in the car on a trip to the Isle of Skye earlier in the year.  Driving on epic roads, listening to this amazing music just made for a sublime experience.

Speaking of the long outro, I pulled up to some traffic lights in my home town, right as the outro kicks in. It was a hot day so I had my windows open and the stereo turned up. There was a guy walking down the other side of the road and he stopped and stared at my car with a look of incomprehension on his face - I think it blew his mind a little bit...
Falls into the "I Will Possess Your Heart" category of long and atmospheric. Has a hint of Jonathan Wilson as well.

Like.
 lizardking wrote:

100% agreed....in fact the entire album is a great "mellow" road-trip disk.  And while I'm against the "war on drugs" as created in the US in the 80s, I'm totally for TWOD music!  PEACE and Long Live RP!! 

 
their music is great for road trips
{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2} More TWOD please!
probably in minority that finds this boring... and too long
 jagla wrote:
Reason for the long drawn out shut down?
 
Sentence fragment with a question mark?
Reason for the long drawn out shut down?
Good band suffering, unfortunately, from overplay.

Gotta say though, the first couple of hundred reps of Thinking of a Place were exhilarating.

 
Love it. The band's grown on me in recent months. Haven't heard a mediocre track yet.
 Yodester wrote:
Great song to listen to on the highway coming back from skiing in the Canadian Rockies

 
100% agreed....in fact the entire album is a great "mellow" road-trip disk.  And while I'm against the "war on drugs" as created in the US in the 80s, I'm totally for TWOD music!  PEACE and Long Live RP!! 
Cool groove, I dig it. {#Bananajam}

  Too long to begin with, too long to end with...
Great song to listen to on the highway coming back from skiing in the Canadian Rockies
{#Fever} very reminiscent of mark knofler  great groove
 fatcatjb wrote:
Rode my bicycle home in a windy, warm, Sacramento afternoon...great song to ride one's bike to
 

 
I bet!

In my head it's a roller-rink turn-on-the-mirrorball song, but any kind of cruizin around would probably work, eh?
Rode my bicycle home in a windy, warm, Sacramento afternoon...great song to ride one's bike to
 
 Skydog wrote:
Bill's tripping again with Shearwater/War On Drugs backtoback

 
Suits me fine.  I could listen to them both all day.  Except this outro which gets the PSD treatment.  Not a problem, though.  Means I get two top tunes for the price of one.
This song really grew on me. I like that the feel of it and the way the song kinda breaks down in a nice way.
love this band
Bill's tripping again with Shearwater/War On Drugs backtoback
{#Ask}
 Duc1098 wrote:

No, it's part of the art, it is entropic.

 
See Built to Spill's version of "Cortez the Killer."
 MrsTom wrote:
Outro is awful
 
No, it's part of the art, it is entropic.
Brilliant use of texture. The interplay and timing of the phases is superlative. In other words, crank it in your car and try not to blow past your exit.
P.S., the whole album is magnificent. One of the best of the year for sure. 
Love the work on the high-hat on this... deliberately letting it slowly drag till it gets back in sync.. reminds me of two water sprinklers getting in and out of phase.

Then the same effect is echoed in the synths in the outro. F'ing brilliant,
Outro is awful
i dont know why but.. i listen to RP for 5 years or so.. this is the first time this song struck me as brilliant!!
That ending is Pink Floyd long. In a good way. 
Thought the cd was damaged.
 
Dang, I never even noticed how long the ending was until noticing all the comments concerning it. I suppose if I were still a stoner I'd really like it, especially if trippin'. I agree it's a bit long, but it's not grating IMHO.
 jbuhl wrote:
WTF,  who says it's the ending? {#Naughty}  It's part of the song then the song just ends. 

 
I heard this on XM radio a couple of days ago and thought of the RP posts
loving this one too!  :)  {#Bananajam}Thanx Again Bill!!!  123K
 jessesteinen wrote:
jademon wrote:
This album is set up to play like an album, and this song serves as an intro - that finish is brilliant, imho.

  
 


Agreed.  The CD (album) is excellent.  

I'm still trying to figure out what the War on Drugs has to do with anything but that ain't stoppin' me from enjoying the music. 
WTF,  who says it's the ending? {#Naughty}  It's part of the song then the song just ends. 
Sounds so 80's.... but in the 80's, they used to know how to end a song!
 jademon wrote:
This album is set up to play like an album, and this song serves as an intro - that finish is brilliant, imho.

 


Got to love that Sitar.
 VH1 wrote:
The end of the song is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooooooo loooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg!{#Stop}

 
Smoke some Train Wreck first ;^ )
 MrsTom wrote:
Someone please press stop

 
Under no circumstances can I understand this comment. I mean, it's got a little Dylan, a little Bryan Adams, a little Petty....at least toe-tapping material.
 VV wrote:
Wow a lot of haters. This group has grown on me. I like the vibe of the song too.

 
{#Clap}
This has been played several times within this last couple of weeks!  Please spread it out a lot further.  Thanks
This album is set up to play like an album, and this song serves as an intro - that finish is brilliant, imho.
Someone please press stop
The end of the song is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy toooooooooooooo loooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg!{#Stop}
Yeah OK, but do we have to hear The War on Drugs every day? There is *so* much music out there....
 VV wrote:
Wow a lot of haters. This group has grown on me. I like the vibe of the song too.

 

75% of the votes are 7,8,9 though. 


 And I like the ending, too.

dkwalika wrote:
Hell, yeah.

 


Hell, yeah.
love this. great song to crank up and work to on a Friday
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
I came here to applaud it! I thought the soundscape is/was epic.
 
Yep, I'm with Squid.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Ridiculous ending.  Someone should clip it. It goes on as long as some of my old 45's.

 
And pointless, adds nothing to the song.
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Ridiculous ending.  Someone should clip it.
 
I came here to applaud it! I thought the soundscape is/was epic.
Ridiculous ending.  Someone should clip it. It goes on as long as some of my old 45's.
Wow a lot of haters. This group has grown on me. I like the vibe of the song too.
That noise at the start is like a corrupted CD in the drive. The song doesn't get any better. A nailed-on copper-bottomed 1. TFFPSD
Either a 2 minute pop gem e.g. a T Rex or a 10 minute prog wonder e.g. Steven Wilson but, with the greatest respect, not for me this "goes nowhere for far too long" effort.
like the song and appreciate the air play here on RP
but i don't like the name of the band
another name i don't like is Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
.

{#Crashcomp} 
this has nothing to do with smashing TV's
but it's always a good idea 
 ashmj000 wrote:

Got my stopwatch ready this time. I seriously want to know how long that final note lasts.

 
two minutes and fifty three seconds. I can now get on with my life
 ashmj000 wrote:

Got my stopwatch ready this time. I seriously want to know how long that final note lasts.

 
Gorgeous ending to a brilliant song!
 nek wrote:
Are you kidding? End the song already...
 

 
Got my stopwatch ready this time. I seriously want to know how long that final note lasts.
 BKardon wrote:
Bryan Ferry through and through.  Great song.

 
Nice catch.  Agreed.
Are you kidding? End the song already...
 
 westslope wrote:
Love the CD.  

Great road music!

They are coming to Vancouver.   What are the concerts like?

 
I absolutely LOVE this entire album so went to see them at the Greek in Hollywood late last year (2015).
As much as I love their music, I must say I wasn't terribly impressed with their live performance.  That being said, I would still go again. 
Bryan Ferry through and through.  Great song.
Starting with this track, we got the following today.

4:46 am    - Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall - The Wall (1979)
4:41 am    - Younger Brother - Shine - Vaccine (2011)
4:33 am    - The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure - Lost in the Dream (2014)

A new discovery due to RP, an older discovery due to RP, and a firm favorite. Three strikes. Brilliant.

Edit: and that was followed by:

4:55 am - Massive Attack - Angel - Mezzanine (1998)

The goodies keep coming. Happy for time difference, listening to the night program at nearly 2pm.
Just ordered 2 of their CDs (using the Amazon link on RP, of course) after hearing this song.

Thanks RP for playing stuff i would normally not hear practically anywhere else.

{#Cheers}
Guys are high on Zeitgeist.
I find these guys equal parts contemporary, and reverent of classic Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, any other relevant Bs...

It's a refreshing and elevating combination. Another awesome discovery, courtesy of RP
 below72 wrote:
This band has been either listening to Pink Floyd's 'ummagumma' too much or not enough.  I can't decide.  I will say that Umma was never annoying.  Of course I wasn't really involved in the war on drugs back then - quite to the contrary - ha!

 
Maybe this veers off topic, but Ummagumma seems to rarely get such a positive endorsement as this. I was not at war with anything when in thrall to the strange mood of that album. However, I am not sure what this particular War on Drugs is showing any evidence of. Did they listen to Pink Floyd? Likely. The influences that lie behind or within anything are often too murky to discern. I'm late to the Grand Viziers Garden Party, so must move on...
Lovely tune. Reminiscent of Flock of Seagulls.
So good.  Soooo goooood!   SO GOOD.  So effing goooood!!!!!
{#Bananajam}no pressure anymore...I'm dancing. 
 MrsTom wrote:

Agreed, enough of the Dylan impressions.
 
My first time listening to this.  I don't get any Dylan, sorry.  Nor the faintest whiff of Pink Floyd.  Or Waterboys—heaven forbid. 

Now Don Henley?  That has some potential.  And maybe a touch of World Party.   


 weez wrote:

Yes!!  I had to scroll the comments to see if anyone was picking up on it. I hadn't heard this before, and the drums and sweeping sound keep reminding me of a brisk "More Than This". 

 
With the vocal, the piano, and the clean sounding guitar work, I hear a lot of Don Henly.
for me the song of the year. and finding it here - is the true value of Bill and RP. thanks
 meinthecorner wrote:
This could be a song that I may grow to like but on first listen what I hear so much of is Roxy Music's Avalon.
Anyone else?

 
Yes!!  I had to scroll the comments to see if anyone was picking up on it. I hadn't heard this before, and the drums and sweeping sound keep reminding me of a brisk "More Than This". 
 Meltz wrote:

Don't be silly. You can bet they've heard every PF album yet I'm reminded of the Waterboys when I hear this.

 
I was wondering if it was a Waterboys or world Party tune I hadn't heard yet.  Good stuff — 8 from me.
 
 Meltz wrote:

Don't be silly. You can bet they've heard every PF album yet I'm reminded of the Waterboys when I hear this.

 
I hear that more as well, but I guess if someone is reminded of Pink Floyd when they hear this tune, then that's what they are reminded of - it's not like they would pretend about it.  We all hear different things - someone else may be reminded of Dylan or The Chieftains when they hear this number. 
 Proclivities wrote:

To me, this sounds very little like Pink Floyd of any era or album, particularly "Ummagumma" - which I doubt these guys have ever even heard.  I guess every song played here has to have at least one "sounds-like-Pink-Floyd" comment somewhere in its thread.

 
Don't be silly. You can bet they've heard every PF album yet I'm reminded of the Waterboys when I hear this.
 below72 wrote:
This band has been either listening to Pink Floyd's 'ummagumma' too much or not enough.  I can't decide.  I will say that Umma was never annoying.  Of course I wasn't really involved in the war on drugs back then - quite to the contrary - ha!

 
To me, this sounds very little like Pink Floyd of any era or album, particularly "Ummagumma" - which I doubt these guys have ever even heard.  I guess every song played here has to have at least one "sounds-like-Pink-Floyd" comment somewhere in its thread.
Really nice. Melodic.
Brilliant album {#Mrgreen}
Love love love this album! Really makes me want to listen to Dire straits though..
I like this song a lot. I would love it if it had a big, ass-kicking guitar solo.
 westslope wrote:
Love the CD.  

Great road music!

They are coming to Vancouver.   What are the concerts like?

 
In a word...fantastic, just saw them last week.
Love this record at the start, just goes on a bit long...................for me.......................that is.................if you......................................know .....................what ..............................I ......................................................mean
Why does this sound like a song I heard decades ago?
This isn't a cover, is it?
One of my absolute favourite pieces of road music these days.

Play anything from the War on Drugs more often, please. 
{#Dancingbanana_2} really like this ohne! Just don't play it too often, want 2 keep enjoying it! 
I've really tried to like this band, but their stuff comes off as boring and not overly insightful to me {#Think}
This band has been either listening to Pink Floyd's 'ummagumma' too much or not enough.  I can't decide.  I will say that Umma was never annoying.  Of course I wasn't really involved in the war on drugs back then - quite to the contrary - ha!