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Listen: The War on Drugs cover John Lennon’s “Mind Games”

on March 25, 2014, 12:21pm

Photo by Ben Kaye

In the last couple years, The War on Drugs have added several covers to their impressive live repertoire, notably Bruce Springsteen’s “The Ties That Bind”, The Waterboys’ “A Pagan Place”, and Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey”. Now, as they tour in support Lost in the Dream, they’ve unveiled a rendition of John Lennon’s “Mind Games”. Adam Granduciel and Co. have taken the anthemic piano ballad and delivered a more rollicking, Southern-rock-meets-soul interpretation, maintaining Lennon’s heart even amid sweeping guitar solos.

Check out fan-shot footage of the cover from the band’s Chicago show (via Stereogum) and audio from the NYC show (via nyctaper):

“Mind Games” (Chicago, 3/24/14):

“Mind Games” (New York, 3/20/14)

For more on The War on Drugs, be sure to check out our recent profile, where the band discusses recording the new album, the influence of Jack Kerouac, living in Philadelphia, and much more.

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