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David Hartley

Band: The War on Drugs
Gear: SVT-VR, SVT-810AV, 1969 - 1972 SVT, Blueline, PF-800

Photo Credit: Lindsey Driscoll

A founding member of American psychedelic-rock visionaries The War on Drugs, Dave Hartley has expanded his playing in lockstep with the band’s ever-growing sonic ambitions. From their lo-fi basement origins to the massive anthems on their 5th album, A Deeper Understanding, Hartley’s bass lines have seamlessly blended with the grooves and kept the train rolling down the tracks. His over-driven, syncopated finger-dance on “Holding On” is just one highlight of an album that also features nuanced fretless playing (“Thinking of a Place”, “Knocked Down”) and front-and-center melodic plectrum work (“Clean Living”).

Though the highlighted low-end is a recent development, the parts have been there all along: check out the John McVie-inspired groove on Future Weather deep cut “Comin’ Through”, the tucked-in but playful bass work on Wagonwheel Blues opener “Arms Like Boulders”, or the slinky fretless line on Lost in the Dream’s breakthrough-single “Red Eyes”.

A Deeper Understanding was released on August 25th, 2017.


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