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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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven years ago) Permalink

or Thug? or Human Nature?

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

Awesome!

Last album was great.

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

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

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

halo 3's been out for ages n00b.

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

they are pretty insane live

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

especially Cold & Sober. wonderful.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 17 August 2009 16:00 (eight 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 (seven 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

They have now been accused of being both immensely underrated and overrated itt, lol

the Liddiard album is probably my favorite of the last decade heard by the fewest people

Simon H., Thursday, 19 February 2015 23:32 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I just heard "I See Seaweed" this past wknd and it is blowing my personal skirts up

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 16:19 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

well, this is an unexpected direction.

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

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Tuesday, 19 January 2016 04:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Nice, excited for the new album - Feelin Kinda Free (Mar 18).

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 20:57 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So good! Don't sleep on this! I haven't been that excited about new releases this year, but I'm feelin this garage noir/art rock.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 18 March 2016 13:21 (two years ago) Permalink

I like this a lot, I'm surprised this change of direction has worked so well for them

ufo, Friday, 18 March 2016 14:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really fucking good.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 22 March 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Holy shnickys, this album is just the fucked up weirdness I need! It's like a painting that's been smeared or something. How's the rest of their catalog? This thread gives me the sense that it's inconsistent.

Also, does anyone else hear Richard Thompson in his delivery?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 22 March 2016 22:47 (two years ago) Permalink

that opening track is fucking amazing

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Also, does anyone else hear Richard Thompson in his delivery?

I can hear what you mean, like if RT was really resentful and hissing all the time.

Incidentally, "Taman Shud" is a very satisfying little invective. Odd that there have already been three rock songs this year with that name (see also Destroyer 666 and The Black Queen.)

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:37 (two years ago) Permalink

the whole album is superlative

opening track reminds me of what wilco were trying to do with 'art of almost' a bit, except this is even better

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:11 (two years ago) Permalink

also his lyrics have the fiery desperate quality of matt johnson's

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:38 (two years ago) Permalink

How's the rest of their catalog? This thread gives me the sense that it's inconsistent.

I wouldn't say that. It's all pretty solid, it's just that the new one is definitely their best. The first five are consistent, perhaps to a fault, with Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By (2005) considered a highlight. I See Seaweed (2013) is also somewhat of a departure with a more subtle, cinematic approach. I liked it, but not blown away the same way as by the new one.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 14:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Do you have them all? How about a best-of playlist?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:14 (two years ago) Permalink

I did re-listen to all of them leading up to the new release, but not to the point where I can rank very many tracks. This site can be helpful though: https://www.thisismyjam.com/artist/The+Drones

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 15:53 (two years ago) Permalink

they're all good. band are very much slept on. Gareth's solo record was great too.

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:38 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah it's amazing, I'd love a vinyl copy but that sucker is never getting released outside australia I guess and fuck paying that shipping

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Vinyl out on Fri, you can get it free shipping on Amazon, at least in U.S. It's still expensive though.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 23:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Bought the CD, having a lyric booklet helps.

This gets better with every listen. I checked out their earlier work, like it fine, some great moments, but this is on an altogether new level.

I feel like this record, along with Bowie's "Blackstar", points where I want to go. Not that they're directly comparable but they're both works of artists taking risks, willfully experimenting, full of unexpected sounds, juxtapositions and rhythms. I mean, just the way the drums build and suddenly stop in "Taman Shud" thrills me.

Cheers for bigging it up, F&B!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 28 March 2016 18:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Only listened to the new briefly last night, I think I liked it, but it was in such a way I really want to listen to it again cuz I have a feeling I'm going love it.

I think I See Seaweed is one of the greatest/most underrated records ever

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 6 April 2016 15:02 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Private Execution is still astonishing

imago, Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Taman Shud" is fantastic; makes me think of a foul-mouthed Aussie update of Blam Blam Blam's "There Is No Depression In New Zealand". Love how he pronounces 'inchoate'.

etc, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

"Feelin Kinda Free" is a timely expression of all the anger I feel at the state of the world.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

Just listened to I Sea Seaweed - pretty damn good as well

imago, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

yeah this band is fantastic
def tread that line of being really nick cave influenced but having their own identity

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

Agreed re: "I See Seaweed" - not as manic as FKF but equally as intense. I wonder where they'll go next, retreat to a more stable approach or continue on the avant-garde journey.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

I See Seaweed is secretly one of the best rock records ever

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm not sure they've ever come up with a front-to-back, total classic but ISS def comes closest

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

now I'm curious as to why the hell Havilah isn't on Spotify

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:58 (ten months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Any word on a new album? I can't wait to hear what's next!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 March 2018 01:15 (one month ago) Permalink

Gareth and Fiona have a new project called Tropical Fuck Storm, album's out in May

http://www.beat.com.au/music/meet-tropical-fuck-storm-supergroup-featuring-members-drones-high-tension-harmony

Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh Simon, you just made my night! This is more of the messed up weirdness I love about them, outstanding.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 March 2018 02:07 (one month ago) Permalink

the advance singles are promising! 'soft power' especially. no idea why there are so many dislikes on the youtube videos - is it a thing they encourage?

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:30 (one month ago) Permalink

presumably from people who got there via googling for.......other things

Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 14:34 (one month ago) Permalink

given the political leanings of the group, one wonders whether they've tangled once too often with the fearful power of the online alt-right

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:34 (one month ago) Permalink

the drones have loads and loads of dislikes on quite a few of their videos too

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:35 (one month ago) Permalink

i think it's because they insulted prominent Australian conservative columnist Andrew Bolt in one of their songs, who responded with a tirade against them on his blog

ufo, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Ahhhhh.

Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 14:42 (one month ago) Permalink

so yeah exactly as surmised

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

'fearful' a malapropism I'd like to claim as deliberate

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:07 (one month ago) Permalink

These new songs are properly great, I'm so hyped

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 21:50 (one month ago) Permalink

Right? Instruments come in and out, but not in a dub-style. It's like they broke apart a song and put it back together as best they could but lost a bunch of pieces. And the unhinged vocals are icing on the cake.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 19 March 2018 22:21 (one month ago) Permalink

There's also this: https://kompakt.fm/releases/boredom_remixes (had to double check as I first read Boredoms remixes! :)

willem, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:32 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

I'd like to hype his album again

All of the advance singles are amazing. You Let My Tyres Down is one of the best songs to be released this year

Hype! Oh and I See Seaweed is incredible too

imago, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:01 (one week ago) Permalink

This album, not his album! It's three times as much her album as his :)

imago, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Is the 4th single out yet?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:29 (one week ago) Permalink

yes!

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

imago, Friday, 13 April 2018 21:42 (one week ago) Permalink

amusingly straight-up (if noisy) cover of "Stayin' Alive" on the flipside

Simon H., Saturday, 14 April 2018 02:16 (one week ago) Permalink

Excellent, just bought it from Amazon! And that cover isn't too straight, lots of weirdness in the background. I dig it.

Cannot wait for the album, I expect it'll be one of my favorite releases of the year.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 14 April 2018 03:30 (one week ago) Permalink


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