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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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

Excellently rackety live.

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

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

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

or Thug? or Human Nature?

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

eight months pass...

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

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

Awesome!

Last album was great.

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

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

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

halo 3's been out for ages n00b.

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

they are pretty insane live

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

especially Cold & Sober. wonderful.

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

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

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

nah

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

impossible poll would be best drones album opener

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

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

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

lol file this under too much time on ilx

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

four months pass...

The Gareth Liddiard record is amazing, if stupidly long.

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

I like "G.A.F.F." a lot but I'm definitely noticing more clunkers in Gareth's lyrics than usual

intern at pelican brief consulting (Simon H.), Wednesday, 23 June 2021 15:54 (three months ago) link

it's fine but doesn't have me excited like TFS at their best do

i feel much more excited about the Springtime album than this one but i'm sure it will be decent at the very least

ufo, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 22:37 (three months ago) link

Bandcamp alerted to this yesterday but that video (or probably just that this is my second listen!) has made "G.A.F.F." more endearing.

It's getting weird how much more receptive I am to TFS than the Drones. (Or at least early Drones. I have a couple of pre-ISS Drones CDs here somewhere, but mainly just remember wishing they sounded like "Jezebel" 100% of the time. More my problem than theirs, no doubt.)

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Thursday, 24 June 2021 05:56 (three months ago) link

I haven't been paying super close attention (probably spent more time watching them live than I have listening to their recordings) - but really enjoyed G.A.F.F - perfect proportions of funky/rockin/gonzo - awesome BVs (I feel great deployment of BVs is a significant ingredient in Liddiard secret sauce) - when I was listening I thought 'nothing else really sounds like this' and that always feels good

I guess 'laser-accurate scattershot imagery Gareth rap about the fucked up fucken world' is kind of a staple song form now - is Tamam Shud the apotheosis of this one? - but it's still effective as hell and I dug it here albeit I didn't really parse the lyrics closely

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 24 June 2021 06:12 (three months ago) link

ha yep and just watched the video and it definitely sells it great - speaking of cool BVs (I guess really it's a pre-chorus or something) that moment when you first Fiona and Erica in the hotel is so great

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Thursday, 24 June 2021 06:19 (three months ago) link

yeah i'm really enthusiastic about g.a.f.f.

he's straight spittin, love the cadences and density of the lyrics, good funky groove

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 24 June 2021 15:46 (three months ago) link

Listening to the new song, think I have T.F.S.F. unfortunately

imago, Saturday, 26 June 2021 18:44 (three months ago) link

am I bad because I don't like the Spring-Time performance of Penumbra?

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 27 June 2021 02:15 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=137OE5aquRg

not feeling this one

ufo, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 22:42 (three months ago) link

the ilx backlash begins

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 22:56 (three months ago) link

I wasn't crazy about GAFF but I like this one.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 23:42 (three months ago) link

I really did not like GAFF. Will check this out.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 02:04 (two months ago) link

(after 30 seconds) hm, kinda sounds like Pram!

into it as a more gonzo, knuckle-draggin version of that retro-exotica vibe - might have to give it a few more listens to see if it opens up as a song - but if the last one felt in danger of being a tiiiiny bit stock, this tidily avoids sounding at all familiar and i like that

can imagine it working in context on an album better than as a single

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 03:00 (two months ago) link

Yeah, not feeling this either. Ah well

imago, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 09:39 (two months ago) link

The album will presumably still have some good stuff on it

imago, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 09:40 (two months ago) link

The tune itself is quite nice, but it needs to go places, preferably after the first minute or so.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 09:47 (two months ago) link

the vocals aren't mixed well & it's fairly aimless as a tune

ufo, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 09:56 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Who the fuck mixed this record? I don't know if I'm going to be able to make it all the way through, it kind of hurts to listen to.

cwkiii, Monday, 16 August 2021 00:41 (two months ago) link

the leak that's been out there for the last two months is terrible quality so if that's what you're listening to i'm sure that didn't help

but i wasn't huge on the mix for the released "new romeo agent" so it wouldn't surprise me if the mix is still an issue in proper quality

ufo, Monday, 16 August 2021 01:21 (two months ago) link

No, I'm listening to the wavs of the offical release, they sound horrible.

I don't know if my ears went numb after a while or what, but it wasn't as physically difficult to listen to after the first few songs, at least.

cwkiii, Monday, 16 August 2021 01:27 (two months ago) link

this one is largely not for me as the singles suggested

"the greatest story ever told" is good at least though

ufo, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:17 (two months ago) link

Currently listening as well. Haven't really made my mind up

imago, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:25 (two months ago) link

there's other good tracks too but overall it veers too much into their more tuneless side i think

ufo, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:31 (two months ago) link

Yeah that's my impression too. The Donkey for example: an impressive build but also the songwriting doesn't quite hit hard enough, nor is it anything The Drones haven't done better several times over

imago, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:34 (two months ago) link

GAFF and Suburbiopia grew on me though

imago, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:34 (two months ago) link

the worse tracks on this remind me a lot of the voidz, except without casablancas' distinct hooks to pierce through the mud

ufo, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:41 (two months ago) link

Oh I like the little instrumental closer!

imago, Friday, 20 August 2021 08:51 (two months ago) link

I mean it's fine, good in parts, but I have now put on Private Execution coz I'm feelin' kinda unfair

imago, Friday, 20 August 2021 09:22 (two months ago) link

jesus this sounds horrible, will have to work pretty hard to get into the music

assert (matttkkkk), Friday, 20 August 2021 23:17 (two months ago) link

Wish I hadn’t read this thread prior to hearing the record. I can’t tell if I have T.F.S.F. or if the assessment here poisoned my first impression. Definitely felt like the first track was missing sufficient bass to give it any kind of punch. And three records in I now know what a “by the numbers” song sounds like from this band.

Still room for it to be a grower. “G.A.F.F.” for instance didn’t to much for me as an advance single nor on my first listen to the whole album, but now it’s growing on me. Not sure if that’s due to quality or familiarity.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 21 August 2021 20:47 (one month ago) link

Yeah me too (wish I hadn't read this thread)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 22 August 2021 01:12 (one month ago) link

i didn't end up being as bothered by the mix as i was expecting

ufo, Sunday, 22 August 2021 01:36 (one month ago) link

Yeah the mastering - if not the mix - on this is really off. So middy it's ugly.
Musically I like the album as much as the last couple really. I think there's plenty of great songs on it.
But pretty unpleasant to listen to, unfortunately.

raven, Sunday, 22 August 2021 06:53 (one month ago) link

I'm afraid each successive album has marked a further step along the decline. Hopefully their next will give the lie to that tendency.

pomenitul, Sunday, 22 August 2021 14:59 (one month ago) link

The songs are good on the new one, I've only had a couple of listens but I'm not hearing anything as catchy as previous LPs.

Has the band commented on the mix or sound of the album? I wouldn't be surprised if they made it this way on purpose.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 22 August 2021 21:48 (one month ago) link

Following up my comment above to say that I do really like "Legal Ghost" a lot.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 23 August 2021 17:37 (one month ago) link

I've listened to it a couple more times since my initial post complaining about the mix, and I do think most of the songs are OK, but I do have to listen to it at a lower volume than usual.

Fortunately, I just discovered them earlier this year so am still actively obsessed with the first album. :)

cwkiii, Monday, 23 August 2021 17:45 (one month ago) link

I'm afraid each successive album has marked a further step along the decline. Hopefully their next will give the lie to that tendency.

― pomenitul, Sunday, August 22, 2021 9:59 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Over time I the second album has become my favorite

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 23 August 2021 17:46 (one month ago) link

I may have said this upthread but I view the first two albums both nearly equally. It's one of those cases where one album has higher highs but the other album is more consistently great from beginning to end. With some distance I guess I favor those high highs of the first album, but I love both.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Monday, 23 August 2021 17:52 (one month ago) link

i think "you let me tyres down" is just one of those special songs, magic that cannot be duplicated so that kicks it off and looms large over the first album

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 22:02 (one month ago) link

haha you let ME tyres down fucking get me lucky charms m8

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 22:03 (one month ago) link

that song is so immense - especially live

lemmy incaution (emsworth), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 23:00 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

https://spring-time.bandcamp.com/
Album drops Nov 5, opener "Will To Power" sounds awesome

willem, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 13:32 (four weeks ago) link

Oh wow covering "West Palm Beach"

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 13:37 (four weeks ago) link

"will to power" is really great
kinda nice to hear him over drums that are crushed

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 17:11 (four weeks ago) link

aren't even

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 22 September 2021 17:11 (four weeks ago) link

oh this is great, hope the rest of the album is this good

ufo, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 23:41 (four weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

feel like it bears repeating that Will To Power is absolutely incredible

imago, Thursday, 7 October 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

I'm late to Deep States but so far I like how deranged and offkey this is, it keeps me on my toes in a way that reminds me of Captain Beefheart. It's not really an evolution of their sound, just more shrill and gaudy, but it's surprisingly listenable given how much paint they throw at the painting. Trashy symphonies.

Nabozo, Monday, 11 October 2021 19:24 (one week ago) link

oh this is great, hope the rest of the album is this good

― ufo, Thursday, 23 September 2021 9:41 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

The rest of the album is really good!

raven, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 00:24 (one week ago) link


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