David Hartley

Bassist/multi-instrumentalist David Hartley lives in Philadelphia, performs in the War on Drugs and helms experimental pop outfit Nightlands, which released its second album on Secretly Canadian last year. In 2013 Hartley played guitar with John Cale on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performed a live original score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and played bass on Sharon Van Etten’s latest album. He writes about pro basketball for Impose and The Key and is an ardent pinball enthusiast.

 

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David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Longmont Potion Castle and the Trials of Life on the Road

By David Hartley | December 29, 2014

David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Longmont Potion Castle and the Trials of Life on the Road

The War on Drugs’ bassist explains how the Bob Dylan of prank calls leads musicians out of the emotional quagmire of the touring life.

David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Minibus Pimps’ Cloud to Ground

By David Hartley | February 28, 2014

David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Minibus Pimps’ Cloud to Ground

Jeff Lynne is the most analytical rock star of his generation. Take the Electric Light Orchestra hit "Strange Magic": there is a phaser on the...

David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Xiu Xiu’s Angel Guts: Red Classroom

By David Hartley | February 3, 2014

David Hartley (the War on Drugs) Talks Xiu Xiu’s Angel Guts: Red Classroom

I'm not your typical Xiu Xiu listener — my musical tastes skew towards artists that can temporarily quell my simmering anxiety rather than dredge...