The Drones - any good (also Tropical Fuck Storm content here)

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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 (twelve 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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Excellently rackety live.

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

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

cbeck (cbeck), Tuesday, 14 March 2006 04:18 (twelve 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 (twelve 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 (ten 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 (eight years ago) Permalink

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

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

nah

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

impossible poll would be best drones album opener

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

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

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

lol file this under too much time on ilx

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

My copy of the CD just arrived. Great cover to go along with the fuckstorm of music.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 25 May 2018 02:11 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'm assuming there's never gonna be a stateside physical release for this?

Simon H., Friday, 25 May 2018 12:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

I got the CD for typical US cost via Amazon.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 25 May 2018 15:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Fuck - the Tropical Fuck Storm record is amazing! I loved Feeling Kinda Free, but this is even noisier, hookier, and just... exciting. Also ordered via amazon.

Australians: has this made much of an impression locally?

paulhw, Wednesday, 4 July 2018 02:14 (six months ago) Permalink

It hasn't surpassed "Feelin Kinda Free" for me yet but it feels like a natural extension.

I played it for a mate who dug it, he subsequently played it for some of his 20-something workmates and they dug it, too. People just need to hear it!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:16 (six months ago) Permalink

I would fucking kill for them to tour Canada.

Simon H., Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:21 (six months ago) Permalink

Australians: has this made much of an impression locally?

i would say good solid interest and support but not quite the firestorm of enthusiasm the music deserves? which i guess is the case for the drones also

i went to one of the pre-LP TFS shows and it was really great but i hadn't at that point got a good sense of this as a project distinct from the drones - definitely an extension of the Feelin Kinda Free sound (as mentioned above) and quite a few Drones songs in the set

real keen to go again now the project has hit its straps

totally love the way Gareth and pals have managed to elude worthiness and pursue something more bent

umsworth (emsworth), Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:57 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

related: the new Harmony album is out today - TFS' Erica Dunn is a member, and they sound a bit like a much more depressed Drones/TFS. The new album is very good on first contact.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Friday, 20 July 2018 10:50 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is excellent. I should reaaly check out The Drones too

. (Michael B), Monday, 3 September 2018 23:49 (four months ago) Permalink

you haven't? omg

start with the newest one and work backwards maybe. actually fuck it start with 'i see seaweed' it's one of the best albums of the last 20 years

imago, Monday, 3 September 2018 23:51 (four months ago) Permalink

agreed

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 September 2018 00:11 (four months ago) Permalink

excellent new TFS tune on this split single with Liars:

https://famousclass.bandcamp.com/album/lamc-18

They're currently opening for Modest Mouse on some US dates.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Monday, 17 September 2018 17:31 (four months ago) Permalink

Thanks for the tip! More TFS is always welcome. Definitely doing everything I want from music these days.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 17 September 2018 21:37 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

in advance of the year-end poll and campaigning I've been trying to think of how to explain to non-initiates the singular appeal of the Tropical Fuck Storm record, so forgive me as I blather on for a moment.

there's been a lot of discussion re: the 1975 and their attempt to represent "the present moment" and whether that's even desirable. to my mind, while the zeitgeisty lyrical moments on "a brief inquiry" are sometimes amusing, sometimes cringey, the actual sonics feel extremely au courant but not actually in touch with the zeitgeist in terms of the constant unease, the nerviness, the elusiveness of any feasible next move, that I think or assume most of us feel. imo a laughing death in meatspace not only captures that feeling, in runs off in several dozen different directions with it and find a set of colors and variations and headspaces way out of most bands' reach. some of the reasons they're able to do that are a product of Gareth Liddiard's evolution as a lyricist, vocalist and guitarist, and others are specific to this band configuration. Gareth has a motormouthed intensity in order to cram his syllable-dense lines in, occasionally reaching for rap-like cadences. his vocals now have about a 75%/25% bilious/tender split. his lyrics are more coherent and less fragmented than ever, but dense with Aussie-specific slang (esp in "you let my tyres down") and he's not afraid to get incredibly goofy in dogged pursuit of a conceit (the hilariously technophobic "future of history"). he's sneering but not superior, angry but not without good reason, rant-oriented but never long-winded. (the only mark against the album is there's no lyric in here as cathartic as the last Drones album's "why you think the whole world's gotta be like you? / fuck Western supremacy!") 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.

but it's the vocal interplay supplied by Erica Dunn (who has been a major part of two other albums this year, one with Mod Con, produced by Liddiard, and the other one with the excellent and Google-proof Harmony, which has the unfortunate distinction of being called Double Negative in 2018.) and Fiona of the Drones. They act as a sometimes mocking, sometimes sympathetic, sometimes furious counterpoint to Gareth, occasionally taking over for a verse at a time. (Erica takes the lead on their fearless, skronky non-album cover of "Stayin' Alive", which you can find on Spotify and I am too lazy to link right now). their cascading vocal lines combine with Gareth's serpentine guitars, the eerie synth washes, and Lauren's sometimes-live, sometimes-programmed (and not always easily distinguishable) drums make for a rock record that actually swings with something approaching...funk?

and like a lot of the rock records I really like, it gradually loses its mind. starting with its most rock-leaning material and gradually getting weirder and weirder, until you reach the convincing ambient soundscaping of "shellfish toxin" and the doom ballad title track, and you start to wonder how in hell you even got here in the first place. but it's "rubber bullies" that I think gets across in six tidy minutes what these guys are so good at. it's one of my most-played songs in years. working with a steady, slinky rhythm, Gareth details in typically dense verses just how the odds are stacked against the righteous, in terms that should be familiar to anyone who's ever been involved in a likely-to-lose campaign, while incorporating what might be the first example in rock history of a letter-ordered list seamlessly integrated into a verse:

discreet wet dreams and nightmares
seclusion, side by side
the world’s way too connected
and all anybody does is fight
staging their crypto inquisitions
all in multiple choice, like:
Anything that screws you’s
surely sured up by its bulk and...
A: better organized?
B: better mobilized?
C: getting monetized?
D: can’t be criticized?

after about five minutes there's finally the release of a proper dramatic build, complete with a key change (I think?), the first real release in over a quarter of the album. it ends the album hauntingly on an anecdote where even a holiday turns tragic and frightening, with an acquaintance winding up iced by one of Rio's Pacifying Police Units:

just take me on a holiday
and put me on an aeroplane
where we going now?
to that terrace over Rio
with a bougainvillaea vines
where the heat finally nailed me
so we stayed the extra night
and the guard up in the watchtower
charged with keeping out the fighting
joked the difference between sexes
all boils down to their handwriting
when we checked out the next morning
we were on a first name basis
but then he had the kind of features
where you can’t recall his face
but it wouldn’t have been that much later he saw God’s
‘cause he died staring up the nostrils
of a UPP shotgun

resident hack (Simon H.), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 04:27 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

excellent stuff simon!

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 08:37 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

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

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 09:42 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I possibly agree

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:00 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oxbow comparison on-point

imago, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:15 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

good closer

imago, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 17:42 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

refers to wine and expired cigarettes?

imago, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 18:22 (four weeks 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 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Coopers is beer, Champion ruby is roll your own tobacco

just sayin, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 19:09 (four weeks ago) Permalink

ah, thanks

budo jeru, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 22:47 (four weeks 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 (four weeks 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 weeks ago) Permalink


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