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

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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 (nine years ago) link

they're not a big deal at all

still yet to hear anything else by them as good as shark fin blues

acoleuthic, Monday, 31 January 2011 14:22 (nine years ago) link

they write about 3 or 4 amazing songs per album

call all destroyer, Monday, 31 January 2011 14:52 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

didn't even know they released a new album, but I See Seaweed is pretty good

nostormo, Friday, 8 March 2013 14:21 (seven years ago) link

there's a new one? jesus christ, i have to track that down.

illegalblues, Saturday, 9 March 2013 00:28 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, the original Drones were way better than is being allowed for here. Not one of the greats, but above average, certainly.

Trying to listen to the Australian Drones now ("Jezebel"). Plods like only the self-important can. EVERY. WORD. IS. EQUALLY. PORTENTOUS.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9K0qOAVR6U

Michael Train, Saturday, 9 March 2013 01:33 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

I See Seaweed is tremendous, probably their best yet.

Simon H., Thursday, 11 April 2013 03:25 (six years ago) link

eight months pass...

most overrated australian band of all time, possibly

one year passes...

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 (five years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 20 January 2016 20:57 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

Yeah, it's really fucking good.

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

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 (four years ago) link

that opening track is fucking amazing

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 00:24 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

Laertiades (imago), Wednesday, 23 March 2016 10:38 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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

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

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 (four years ago) link

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

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:38 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

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 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Private Execution is still astonishing

imago, Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:56 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

"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 (two years ago) link

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

imago, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:17 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

chr1sb3singer, Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:58 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 14:34 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 14:35 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

Ahhhhh.

Simon H., Monday, 19 March 2018 14:42 (two years ago) link

so yeah exactly as surmised

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:03 (two years ago) link

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

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 15:07 (two years ago) link

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

imago, Monday, 19 March 2018 21:50 (two years ago) link

As I've said: we've heard this exact songwriting style from them more than once already, but the sound is particularly incredible and I hope they further venture into this universe

strangely hookworm but they manage ream shoegaze poetry (imago), Monday, 16 March 2020 15:07 (one week ago) link


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