Thank you for your comments. At least I am not crazy or getting senile I agree especially about the band having "real artistic prowess" It comes down to how far can you push artistic expression without it being clear and accessible.
Modern literature took a turn similar to this during the deconstruction movement of the 1960's and 1970's Generally its theory of composition was that the writer had no responsibility to the reader to explain or traditionally represent his ideas. Generally, clarity of expression was sacrificed for context and the author's representation,not necessarily meaning. It was the reader's responsibility to navigate the context for itself. This may not be the best explanation of this genre of literature which failed as literary expression, even among its most avid committed devotees
In the case of "War on Drugs" technical sound innovations should not be the aim of the band, however way they see it. The music and the musical craftsmanship that delivers it must be present and there. Distorting or enhancing it can be useful and part of the music, but when it gets in the way of the music and the musician's performance talents, it degrades both and makes it inaccessible to the audience.