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A bit of hype about The Drones ( Melbourne) ...anyone heard their record or seen em live yet ?

grapple (grapple), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 01:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

my little brother just sent me this. i've only listened to one track, but it was agreeably rackety.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 01:48 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Excellently rackety live.

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 02:20 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen them live yet but I enjoyed their album (the one with the long title). Rackety indeed, in fact each song sounds as if it's about to fall apart.

Crazy Horse meets the Birthday Party with a little Tindersticks thrown in.

Jeff K (jeff k), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 02:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

here's my 3/2002 review of their SXSW show:

Simultaneously bringing chaos and beauty into the crowded dive, The Drones eerie brand of noise was the perfect end to a wonderful day of music. Whether one is hell-raising or soul-searching, The Drones� wallop will see you through. Perhaps like a present day Velvet Underground, songs like "Featuring The Cockeyed Lowlife Of The Highlands" and "New Kind Of Kick" more than adequately represented this generation's desire for more, while other tunes hypnotized and identified with the mournful listener. Looking back at SXSW, The Drones were my favorite bit of it all. The Beerland showcase was the stuff of Legend (in my mind, anyway) ...noise, sleazy rock n' roll and transcendence through sound. If you don't go out and find Here Come The Lies, The Drones fabulous new record, (Spooky Records), you're missing out on some of the best music around. God bless them Aussies...

from: http://www.crazewire.com/features/20030322188.php

Amen,
-chad
P.S. Everyone in their right mind should be going to see Racebannon this Friday at lava lounge patio (austin, TX, usa) for their SXSW showcase. oh my goodness. www.myspace.com/racebannonrocks

cbeck (cbeck), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 04:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

damnit! That review is actually from March of 2003....excuse the typo.
-chad

cbeck (cbeck), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 04:18 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good album. Opening track is just incredible, brilliant rock music. The rest of it holds up. They have potential to improve.

Sean Braudis (Sean Braudis), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 07:13 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
so,what do you think of their new record - "Gala Mill"?

emekars (emekars), Saturday, 28 October 2006 11:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think the new album is a grower. It's very much a lyric album, so the music seems to play a real secondary role, unlike the first record where maybe the music got in the way of the narrative sometimes.

It doesn't seem to have a "Shark Fin Blues" on it after a few listens, but I'm still spending time with it.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Saturday, 28 October 2006 13:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

listening to it again now. seeing them tonight! [i'm really fond of their last record, which is distinctly different than gala mill, but i still think that this one is uniformly excellent.]

blackmail (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 28 October 2006 13:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think that "Jezebel" is the "Shark Fin Blues" of this record. Is a strange approach to frontload such iconic songs, possibly at the expense of the rest of the record [not because it's not good, but just because the first song bears repeated listening.]

blackmail (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 28 October 2006 13:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

[There's a bit of a tactical error in the presskit - and this applies to compatriots Devastations as well - but soliciting comparisons to artists like Nick Cave by making a self-identified "Australian" record probably hurts them in the short run.]

blackmail (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 28 October 2006 14:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

because Nick Cave is the only Australian musician ever? wtf? are they not soliciting comparisons to Little Patti?

occasional mongrel (kit brash), Saturday, 28 October 2006 17:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

well, if they wanted to be "daring" they might have mentioned midnight oil, f. ex.

blackmail (blackmail.is.my.life), Saturday, 28 October 2006 20:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

or Thug? or Human Nature?

occasional mongrel (kit brash), Sunday, 29 October 2006 02:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they had a disastrous set in philly saturday night. equipment trouble led to general bitching...

blackmail (blackmail.is.my.life), Monday, 30 October 2006 10:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It doesn't seem to have a "Shark Fin Blues" on it after a few listens

i don't know, 'never gonna change' sort of fulfills that role (and caused a full-on audience ruck at their london show last week)

i am not a nugget (stevie), Monday, 30 October 2006 10:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

There was a UK punk band called "The Drones".

Apparently, they were'nt very good, according to their manager, Paul Morely.

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 30 October 2006 10:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
i just saw these guys in L.A., they're astonishing live. i've DLed a few tracks and they're nearly as good. best live rock band since hot snakes?

gear (gear), Monday, 20 November 2006 22:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i read the p-fork review today.

i wanna check these doodz out.

M@tt He1geson: Sassy and I Don't Care Who Knows It (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 20 November 2006 22:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I heard Shark Fin Blues and it had a very familiar -'where have I heard this before?'- tune to it. The guitar kills. It's violent.

I've been tempted with that album but if that is heads above the rest then I may leave it and try the new one?

Yeah the 1977 Drones from Manchester? I always wanted to hear them when I was fixated with '77 punk.I even wrote them on my pencil case at school without hearing them. Since read that they were a third division Eater - yeah, that bad.

Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountain Dog (Jessie the Drunk Dutch Mountai), Monday, 20 November 2006 22:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Great band, my favorite new discovery of last year. If you can track it down, the rarities comp "The Miller's Daughter" is spectacular.

Simon H., Friday, 18 January 2008 22:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

new record, Havilah, coming out in october.
first impression: very good

Zeno, Monday, 22 September 2008 22:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Awesome!

Last album was great.

fREETIME (wilter), Monday, 22 September 2008 22:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

lol @ "spends all day looking at porn or playing fucking halo 2"

fREETIME (wilter), Tuesday, 23 September 2008 23:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

halo 3's been out for ages n00b.

fREETIME (wilter), Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Excellently rackety live.

I'll speak to this. Hadn't heard them before, but caught their live show at ATP over the weekend, and it was a pleasant surprise. And quite rackety, indeed.

ilxor, Thursday, 25 September 2008 02:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't know what I am the Supercargo is about but it's a fucking jamm.

'Breaker' Moran (wilter), Thursday, 25 September 2008 08:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

A++++ username wilter, looooool

somehow i think i completely missed hearing anything from 'gala mill', which is weird cos i was a big rep for 'wait long by the river...'; i'll have to check this one out.

Deep House, M.D. (haitch), Thursday, 25 September 2008 12:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

'Jezebel' slew me this morning after I put it on on a whim. Gonna have to track this new album down.

a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful (dyao), Thursday, 30 July 2009 14:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

first half of the new one might be their best stuff, second half is pretty disappointing. i stan hard for these guys despite the fact that they're never made a front to back good album.

wishes to be referred under the pseudonym of kronos (call all destroyer), Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

they are pretty insane live

omar little, Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

saddest thing evar--i was one of 5 ppl who saw them when they came to boston a couple years ago. they still brought it. i felt bad and bought a lot of merch.

wishes to be referred under the pseudonym of kronos (call all destroyer), Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

I actually think their last record WAS the only one that was good front-to-back.

Simon H., Thursday, 30 July 2009 16:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

eh it totally lost me after careful as you go. oh my is brutal lyrically by any standard nevermind the normally excellent drones guy.

wishes to be referred under the pseudonym of kronos (call all destroyer), Thursday, 30 July 2009 16:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I may be totally biased here, but i really think it's pretty consistent throughout. Certainly more downbeat in general compared to their other albums (emphasised after the couple of heavier/faster moments at the start). but still, all killer no filler.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 17 August 2009 15:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

especially Cold & Sober. wonderful.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 17 August 2009 16:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

friend of mine has become obsessed with 'shark fin blues' and listening to it i can see why

your favorite toy dinosaur ruined my asshole (acoleuthic), Sunday, 24 January 2010 21:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

They won best live act at last weeks first Australian Rolling Stone awards :-)

Jamie_ATP, Sunday, 24 January 2010 21:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

nah

Department of Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification (S-), Monday, 25 January 2010 01:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

impossible poll would be best drones album opener

dyao, Monday, 25 January 2010 03:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

jezebel > shark fin > nail it down > cockeyed lowlife > someone on your bond

Simon H., Monday, 25 January 2010 03:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

They won best live act at last weeks first Australian Rolling Stone awards :-)

i saw them play an absolutely crushing opening set for about 5 people a couple years ago. felt terrible and bought a bunch of merch.

call all destroyer, Monday, 25 January 2010 04:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

man how the memory fades, it was EXACTLY five people back in July

innocent snack attack victim (sic), Monday, 25 January 2010 04:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

lol file this under too much time on ilx

call all destroyer, Monday, 25 January 2010 13:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Yeah the 1977 Drones from Manchester? I always wanted to hear them when I was fixated with '77 punk.I even wrote them on my pencil case at school without hearing them. Since read that they were a third division Eater - yeah, that bad.

They weren't bad at all - definitely up there with such luminaries as the Lurkers anyway. They didn't have punk authenticity cos they were a pub rock band before but I couldn't give a toss about that.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 13 February 2010 02:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Pretty excited for lead singer Gareth Liddiard's solo album 'Strange Tourist'. First track to be previewed is very sparse, melancholy folk. Check it out:

http://www.messandnoise.com/releases/2000745

Tim. E "LazRus" Lucas (Prose b4 Hoes...and Big Hoos), Sunday, 19 September 2010 04:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

The Gareth Liddiard record is amazing, if stupidly long.

Simon H., Sunday, 30 January 2011 23:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

Must be one of the most underrated/under-appreciated bands of the now eh? Feel like they are a secret club of people who know that they are amazing live and put out worthwhile records. Weird that a band with this high quality output and great live presence would go so unnoticed. I'm speaking only in the US. Are they quite big in the UK errr?

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Monday, 31 January 2011 06:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah both posts otm
my favourite rock album of the year by far. very excited to go see them next year when they'll be coming to europe

willem, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Didn't know about the new band, sounds real good, will give it a go to consider for my year end

abcfsk, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:32 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_9fLIiSaRQ

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:42 (three months ago) Permalink

tl:dr, this is a fucking kickass rock band that relies on very few typical kickass rock band tropes in favor of an approach that's both more cerebral and less studied, somehow

― resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 04:49 (nine hours ago) Permalink

This.

Also using the Carducci Metric, you can tell TFS is a great band cuz no one is talking about them

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Gareth lyrically doesn't always stick the landing, for me anyway, but when he does, it completely fucking flattens me

"I See Seaweed" by the Drones is probably the best rock record of the last ten yrs

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 14:51 (three months ago) Permalink

I possibly agree

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:00 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdrip6k3g74

whoa that stayin' alive cover rules

it's kinda wild that the drones' debut came out 16 years ago and gareth is only getting better and better. great post simon

ufo, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:03 (three months ago) Permalink

hoping for more Erica lead vox on the next album

and yeah the early Drones albums just seem so...basic now, outside of a few undeniable jams

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:06 (three months ago) Permalink

his guitar playing has come so far since the early Drones record; he seems to have grown bored with chords entirely, and now mostly plays in weird diagonal patterns and screeches and scrapes that intersect beautifully and weirdly with the sci-fi synths.

Simon, you put into words what I've been trying to describe since I first heard "Feelin Kinda Free". 'Diagonal guitar patterns' indeed, Gareth's innovative approach makes most other bands sound boring to me. I'm desperate to find more in this vein!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:12 (three months ago) Permalink

great posts simon

just a fantastic band, this feels like this year's Thin Black Duke by Oxbow, a record that just kinda fell threw the cracks in favor of a bunch of buzz bands that offer far, far less

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:12 (three months ago) Permalink

ISS is one of those albums where no track is even approaching weak, and it's also one of those albums where the first half is amazing and the second half is even better. I probably said this already

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Oxbow comparison on-point

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:15 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah despite FKF getting us closer to the TFS sound, ISS is stronger overall, def their rockist apex after which point they had to start getting weird or implode

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:22 (three months ago) Permalink

ISS expanded their sound a decent amount with a lot more keyboards and piano than before, helping pave the way for them really breaking loose with FKF

ufo, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:27 (three months ago) Permalink

apropos of nothing: "To Think I Once Loved You" is the best fake Radiohead song ever written

also if a mod could add "Tropical Fuck Storm" to the thread title that would be dope

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:59 (three months ago) Permalink

it's a bit like the relationship between mcclusky & future of the left, similar aesthetic at the core but different versions of it

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Never listened to the Drones - I guess they just flew completely under my radar all these years. But I found that TFS record through the Quietus’s EOY list and was totally taken off guard. Not the record I thought I was looking for this year.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:19 (three months ago) Permalink

as much as this is a vocal/lyric band, "Shellfish Toxin" is a really amazing instrumental, almost reminds me of a post punk Robert Wyatt or something

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 17:42 (three months ago) Permalink

this feels like this year's Thin Black Duke by Oxbow, a record that just kinda fell threw the cracks in favor of a bunch of buzz bands that offer far, far less

Yes! My fave rock album of last year :)

willem, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 18:45 (three months ago) Permalink

They've always passed me by, especially at the ATP when I took a tactical nap during their set to avoid going back to the chalet, but the Oxbow comparison intrigues me because I fkn love Oxbow.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 09:31 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh I should say they don't sound anything like Oxbow, I just meant in the sense they seem to be chasing down their own thing, ignoring and ignored by the general zeitgeist

No Smockin' (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:39 (three months ago) Permalink

hoping for more Erica lead vox on the next album

You could just listen to her Mod Con album, mentioned upthread:
https://poisoncityrecords.bandcamp.com/album/modern-convenience

Feelin Kinda Free was my #7 album for 2016.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:30 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah I linked that as well. it's pretty good but not as distinctive as TFS

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:38 (three months ago) Permalink

i listened to and enjoyed the TFS album when it came out but this thread lead me to go back to it, so thanks all. it reminds me of the grinderman albums.

na (NA), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:28 (three months ago) Permalink

I like FKF a lot but the second side is significantly iffier than the first.

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:31 (three months ago) Permalink

good closer

imago, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:42 (three months ago) Permalink

Yeah I hadn't listened to the TFS in a minute, man this is a great record

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:53 (three months ago) Permalink

thanks for the ISS rec, i like it.

somebody posted this on a youtube video of the album audio:

The singer sounds like the dregs of a pouch of champion ruby found next to yesterday's coopers on the porch. It's wonderful.

does anybody knows what this means

budo jeru, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:19 (three months ago) Permalink

refers to wine and expired cigarettes?

imago, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:22 (three months ago) Permalink

I have no idea but it sounds like a Gareth lyric so it fits

speaking of which, everyone also needs to hear Gareth's strange Tourist, his take on a solo folk record. endless songs full of bleak character studies. great winter album

resident hack (Simon H.), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Coopers is beer, Champion ruby is roll your own tobacco

just sayin, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:09 (three months ago) Permalink

ah, thanks

budo jeru, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:47 (three months ago) Permalink

as much as this is a vocal/lyric band, "Shellfish Toxin" is a really amazing instrumental, almost reminds me of a post punk Robert Wyatt or something

I still am not 100% on Gareth's vocals (never listened to the Drones) but def the second half of "Soft Power" => "Shellfish Toxin" is where I went from thinking this was 'ok + knockout opening track' to being fully on board with the vibe of this album, just nailing down the Dystopian Now like a coffin lid

slack thompson (Drugs A. Money), Thursday, 20 December 2018 07:42 (three months ago) Permalink

The "slime green" LP I picked up is gloriously garish in all respects. Was surprised to find that the artwork was done by a Montreal artist who passed a few years back.

http://www.patrickmikhailgallery.com/exhibitions/joe-becker-

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 22 December 2018 03:16 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Euro tour for TFS confirmed, whoop.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Sunday, 3 February 2019 10:42 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New TFS LP coming out later this year. Here's a video appetizer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2xOxmHTYMg

pomenitul, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:32 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just coming to post that. Really pleased that TFS wasn't a one-off. Best band going for my money.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 4 March 2019 17:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

sweet

it's amazing how much they're able to do on top of the constant bassline

imago, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Songs that fool you about where the downbeat is.

imago, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I quite like that ephemeral guitar solo as well.

pomenitul, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It's a bit like jazz in that respect, where the rhythm section maintains sanity and everything else goes nuts.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the unabashedly atonal guitar work is a considerable part of the fun, yes

imago, Monday, 4 March 2019 18:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kind of a sleaford mods vibe to this one

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 March 2019 19:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

It’s limited to 500 copies on orange vinyl and the b-side is a cover of Missy Elliott’s “Can’t Stop.”

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Monday, 4 March 2019 23:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

on one hand, them covering a Rich Harrison production does kinda make sense and it's a deep cut, but....kinda trepidatious about this one lol

bhad bundy (Simon H.), Tuesday, 5 March 2019 00:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this is fantastic, excited there's a new album on the way already. love when the intensity really ramps up from the guitar solo onwards

ufo, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 02:30 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I like this super zoned out session from October

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvihhF-U35Y

Simon H., Saturday, 9 March 2019 02:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hobart 22 March 2019
https://i.imgur.com/CoARMax.jpg?1

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 23 March 2019 01:37 (four days ago) Permalink

ahhh I bet their "Baby²" ruled

Simon H., Saturday, 23 March 2019 02:31 (four days ago) Permalink

Yeah it went off, it was a very sweaty room afterward. Finished up, downed tools, no encore. Not in a shitty way, they just did what they came to do, done.
Insanely tight band, and I love Erica's lead playing, partly fluid and mad, partly munted and primitive. I got Afrobeat feels from some of the songs. "Rubber Bullies" was like a raw nerve, total command of dynamics and batshit crescendoes.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 23 March 2019 04:00 (four days ago) Permalink


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