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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) link

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) link

Excellently rackety live.

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

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) link

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) link

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

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

[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) link

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) link

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) link

or Thug? or Human Nature?

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

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) link

eight months pass...

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

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

Awesome!

Last album was great.

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

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

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

halo 3's been out for ages n00b.

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

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) link

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) link

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) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

they are pretty insane live

omar little, Thursday, 30 July 2009 15:35 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

Simon H., Thursday, 30 July 2009 16:03 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

especially Cold & Sober. wonderful.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 17 August 2009 16:00 (ten years ago) link

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) link

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

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

nah

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

impossible poll would be best drones album opener

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

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

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

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) link

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) link

lol file this under too much time on ilx

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

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) link

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) link

four months pass...

The Gareth Liddiard record is amazing, if stupidly long.

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

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) link

despite the incredible recent live show my expectations for this record aren't so high based on the three songs i've now heard, but hopefully there will be some bangers

imago, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 14:28 (two months ago) link

i don't see any reason to be worried, "Patience" is more trad-Drones for sure but it still feels like a step above a lot of Drones songs in that vein in the way it builds and dissolves into noise, it's more like a longer "You Let My Tyres Down" really. "The Planet of Straw Men" was excellent too

ufo, Tuesday, 18 June 2019 23:25 (two months ago) link

it would be cool if there was a track where Gareth wasn't on lead vox this time around

Simon H., Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:32 (two months ago) link

(nothing against Gareth, it's just they could use their own "Work For Me" style showstopper)

Simon H., Wednesday, 19 June 2019 00:34 (two months ago) link

anything more in the vein of the stayin' alive cover would be extremely welcome and is what i want from them more than anything else

ufo, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 05:55 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88do5cmxHsI

Simon gets his wish but this one kinda drags until the bridge which manages to redeem it

ufo, Friday, 19 July 2019 03:52 (one month ago) link

slinky!

Simon H., Friday, 19 July 2019 05:35 (one month ago) link

this is def more the direction I wanna hear them go. Now very curious about the back half of the new record, the first four tracks are just as all over the place as the first record was.

Simon H., Friday, 19 July 2019 05:52 (one month ago) link

Goddamn I am in love with that guitar and bass sound!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:01 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

album is out there a lil early

Title track an obvious highlight, a funkier sequel to "Rubber Bullies"

Simon H., Sunday, 18 August 2019 15:22 (four weeks ago) link

"Paradise" remains a baffling, plodding opener/single and the album would be better off with it lopped off

Simon H., Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:22 (four weeks ago) link

There's potential in the slower numbers but the songwriting is no longer on point throughout. I like 'Paradise', though.

pomenitul, Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:36 (four weeks ago) link

yeah feels like it could have used a little more time in the oven (what was the rush?). "Maria 63" is gorgeous, tho

Simon H., Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:51 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, 'Maria 63' is the album highlight for me.

pomenitul, Sunday, 18 August 2019 18:52 (four weeks ago) link

yeah but it still goes on a tiny bit too long

album is *nowhere near* as good as the last one, they should have really taken longer

imago, Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:56 (four weeks ago) link

Paradise is by far my favourite track off the new one.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:57 (four weeks ago) link

"Who's My Eugene" has really grown on me, I think it's one of their best songs tbh

Simon H., Sunday, 18 August 2019 20:58 (four weeks ago) link

Only listened to the new album once but generally agree that the two previously released tracks are the strongest, the title track is fantastic and the opener is a bit plodding. But will need further spins to dig deeper.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 August 2019 01:21 (three weeks ago) link

I'm really too fond of knee-jerk rearranging of album tracklists but this I'm perfectly happy with this: Braindrops / Planet / Eugene / Maria 62 / Happiest Guy Around / Aspirin / Maria 63

That plays to me like a satisfying quickie followup freeing them up to take a stretch their legs a bit on the next one. (Still v stoked to catch them live this fall)

Simon H., Monday, 19 August 2019 07:10 (three weeks ago) link

i still don't get all the complaints about "paradise", it's one of the highlights for me. it's a great melody and i wouldn't mind if they did a whole album of drones-but-noisier tracks like it, they really push things to a level the drones rarely reached.

the new version of "the happiest guy around" (https://famousclass.bandcamp.com/track/the-happiest-guy-around is the old version) is much stronger and noisier and "who's my eugene" has grown on me a lot.

overall i agree it's a slight step down from the debut but i still like it a lot. the only weak spot for me is "aspirin"/"desert sands of venus"

ufo, Monday, 19 August 2019 11:15 (three weeks ago) link

the new version of "the happiest guy around" (https://famousclass.bandcamp.com/track/the-happiest-guy-around is the old version) is much stronger and noisier

I just did an A/B comparison and I don't think they're different takes, but the LP version is mixed slightly louder. Either way, it's a good'un.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 August 2019 22:43 (three weeks ago) link

yeah it is the same take i think but that guitar or synth line is mixed louder & has more distortion i think? that really makes a big difference for me

ufo, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 03:29 (three weeks ago) link

this is growing a little on me this time around

paradise was always good imo

imago, Thursday, 22 August 2019 16:28 (three weeks ago) link

Seems like maybe the new songs have fewer hooks, and are more in dramatic storytelling mode.

These guys will be playing here in a few weeks, probably going to go.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 23 August 2019 13:28 (three weeks ago) link

Y'all had me a little concerned but I like the relatively amorphous, splodgy bits in the middle section ("Maria 62", "Desert Sands...", "Aspirin") just fine. And you can add me to the "how is "Paradise' not a highlight?" column too.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:39 (three weeks ago) link

Paradise is probably their hugest, noisiest track overall. It hits really hard.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 23 August 2019 13:52 (three weeks ago) link

Argh they’re playing in LA next week but I can’t make it. They’re on a very short list of bands I’d actually make time to see live.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 August 2019 16:03 (three weeks ago) link

Definitely catching them here next month. They're playing my favorite, teensiest local venue, too.

Simon H., Friday, 23 August 2019 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

I've now listened to this all of one time. Anyone who is disappointed in this is massively wrong. It's great.

Hard to say yet if it has highs as high as Tyres, Soft Power, or Rubber Bullies. But it's solid all the way through and I think if this was the first thing you'd ever heard by them you'd be properly impressed.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 23 August 2019 19:59 (three weeks ago) link

I like how the backing vocals have become more harmonized

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:05 (three weeks ago) link

Will be seein dem in NY

calstars, Saturday, 24 August 2019 04:10 (three weeks ago) link

I feel like I might need more distance and listens to make up for the fact that almost the entire first half was released in advance. I do agree that the vocal harmonies are more impressive on this one, just don't think that extends to the songwriting as a whole.

Simon H., Saturday, 24 August 2019 04:20 (three weeks ago) link

Got my ticket to the Austin show.

I guess I'm glad I didn't hear any of it before today. It sounded pretty damn good. The first one may well be better, but not by a lot.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 24 August 2019 05:33 (three weeks ago) link

I feel like I might need more distance and listens to make up for the fact that almost the entire first half was released in advance. I do agree that the vocal harmonies are more impressive on this one, just don't think that extends to the songwriting as a whole.

― Simon H., Saturday, August 24, 2019 bookmarkflaglink

I get that. The only advance track I really spent time with was Planet of Straw Men, which does stand out from the rest of the album for now. But I’ve been playing this incessantly since yesterday slams a lot of the other songs are getting better and better with more familiarity.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:48 (three weeks ago) link

I love that "Who's My Eugene?" is (at least allegorically) a love song about the Brian Wilson-Eugene Landy relationship.

Simon H., Sunday, 25 August 2019 15:30 (three weeks ago) link

Listening to both albums a lot in the last few days. My very favorite songs—Tyres, Antimatter Animals, Soft Power, and Rubber Bullies—are on the first record. But I realize that I spend the other tracks biding time until these big monster tracks hit. Whereas on the new album I think the whole thing flows much better from beginning to end. I’m
Never bored or distracted on the new album.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 02:31 (two weeks ago) link

The Happiest Guy Around is a jam. Almost like some kind of skronk disco.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 03:25 (two weeks ago) link

Also, I like seeing the goofy junk robot from The Black Hole popping up on the cover

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 27 August 2019 03:27 (two weeks ago) link

ILM having very little discussion about songs like "Paradise" ITT while that balloon song is raised to instant meme status is one of the all time low points of my experience on these boards.

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 31 August 2019 03:20 (two weeks ago) link

I don't have a ton to say other than this album is really good all the way through.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 31 August 2019 03:27 (two weeks ago) link

i agree that the album is great that that i i don't have anything to actually add beyond that. i never have anything more to say other than "i like this" so i ain't really mad

dynamicinterface, Saturday, 31 August 2019 03:47 (two weeks ago) link

haven’t seen the Drones since abt 2006, if ppl say TFS should be seen this tour I will go on Tuesday

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Saturday, 31 August 2019 05:38 (two weeks ago) link

I like seeing the goofy junk robot from The Black Hole popping up on the cover

Ha! I was struggling to remember why that was familiar. Nice.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 31 August 2019 07:48 (two weeks ago) link

"Paradise" is huge and dope

billstevejim, Saturday, 31 August 2019 08:02 (two weeks ago) link

Feels like TFS is finally "breaking" on this tour - lots of energy, people know the songs. Been a fan of The Drones since '06 or whenever, lovely to see them getting their due. The live chemistry is truly great. "Rubber Bullies" is just an unbelievably great song.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Saturday, 31 August 2019 10:23 (two weeks ago) link

haven’t seen the Drones since abt 2006, if ppl say TFS should be seen this tour I will go on Tuesday


Saw them twice back in May. First one was ok but it seemed Liddiard in particular was not really into it. Second one was amaaazing. I'd definitely recommend seeing them.

willem, Saturday, 31 August 2019 10:30 (two weeks ago) link

as i've probably said already, tfs are one of the best live bands i've ever seen

imago, Saturday, 31 August 2019 10:37 (two weeks ago) link

Saw them at a small club last night, they absolutely blew the doors off. Huge energy throughout. One live element that doesn't come across on the albums is just how fucking hard the drummer pounds the drums, just completely non-stop. I have no idea how someone maintains that much energy.

One slight disappointment was that they only played 3 songs from the new one.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:08 (four days ago) link

Me and cbesinger are en route to Chicago to see TFS at the Empty Bottle tonight so stoked

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 14 September 2019 23:14 (yesterday) link

godspeed

calstars, Sunday, 15 September 2019 00:03 (thirteen hours ago) link


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