NEW DRONES ALBUM
Label: ATP Recordings
Cat No: ATPRCD31 / ATPRLP31
Format: CD / 2LP / Digital Download
The Drones are:
Gareth Liddiard – Guitar/Vocals
Mike Noga – Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals
Fiona Kitschin – Bass/Backing Vocals
Dan Luscombe – Guitar/Piano/Melodica/Backing Vocals
The new world of The Drones is an exotic place, one populated by dark corners, rarely explored avenues, sparse canvases and dense, exhilarating peaks.
In February Gareth Liddiard began writing new songs for their fourth album in a mud brick cottage..Two months later guitarist Dan Luscombe, the Drones’ most recent addition, and drummer Michael Noga joined Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin to rehearse the new material. Then producer and engineer Burke Reid (The Mess Hall, Gerling) lugged his recording gear through the door and off they went – two weeks flat out – until it was done.
Havilah, like everything The Drones have done, is an album of contradictions, where bombast meets beauty, melancholy wrestles with violent guitars and singer Liddiard’s incendiary voice lights up his angular poetry, this time on the nature of, in no particular order, the moon (Penumbra), divorce (The Drifting Housewife) and the acquisition of godlike power and the cult of John Frum (I Am the Supercargo).
It’s an album that’s brimful of the innovation and artistic integrity that has made The Drones one of Australian rock’s most critically acclaimed acts.
There are vaguely familiar nods to Neil Young’s paint-stripping guitar spasms on Supercargo and Oh My, while the deliciously meandering pop dirges of Suicide and the Velvet Underground echo in Careful As You Go and Luck in Odd Numbers.
It’s melancholic, certainly, but Havilah, in its tone and its delivery, is also a celebration. It’s a more positive statement than its predecessor.
Once you’ve been around these 10 songs for a few hours, it’s not hard to make up your mind about them. They are bold. They are romantic. And they are dangerous.
> 1. Nail It Down
> 2. The Minotaur
> 3. The Drifting Housewife
> 4. I am The Supercargo
> 5. Careful As You Go
> 6. Oh My
> 7. Cold And Sober
> 8. Luck In Odd Numbers
> 9. Penumbra
> 10. Your Acting’s Like The End Of The World