THE DRONES – Lucky 7
LUCKY 7 is the feature where we ask bands to name their 6 favourite songs by others, and a lucky 7th song of their own…
Today it’s the Australian death rock cult The Drones, active since 1997 and already legendary, here represented by founder Gareth Liddiard. I’ve pretty much a Johnny Come lately having been into them only since 2005’s “Gala Mill”, with its sound like rattling around inside Ned Kelly’s tin helmet while being buried alive underground.
They’re launching their seventh studio album “Feelin’ Kinda Free” on 18th March and it’s a dark morass of mixed morals and mirthsome lurching, in the best traditions of countrymen The Birthday Party and The Saints, mixed with the aural chaos of ..And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead or “Halloween” era Sonic Youth. According to the colourful press release the themes it explores include: “koro syndrome, the fruits of western imperialism, ISIS, celebrity chefs, being a “fucking cunt”, seaside statecraft, beach-bum race riots, Rupert Murdoch, the new middle eastern/european diaspora, the spectre of neofascism, Hugo Boss, Luftwaffe psychological warfare techniques, girls, sweet revenge, capitalist consumer psychosis, body image dysmorphia/mania, Gertrude Bell, eating people and selling yourself, having great skin, leftist utopianism, scientific triumphalism, E.T. and the mindless assumption that alien lifeforms would be nicer than us simply because of their technological superiority.”
With that in mind, them choosing songs by others is an intriguing prospect. But a rewarding one, like panning for gold. It’s over to our man Mr. Liddiard for a musical accompaniment to a lop-sided world view…
2. Billy Bunks – Devils Clay
Jim and George travel the world and jam out all these mad Cretan tunes. George is a monster on the lute and the son of lyra legend Psarantonis and nephew of Nikos Xylouris, who is like the Fela Kuti of Crete specifically and and Greece in general.
Jim is one of a hand full of rock n roll drummers (if you can call him rock n roll) that you could describe as a true artist. He’s so good it’s not funny.
All i know is that there are two kinds of musician, and I don’t mean fly by nighter hobbyist poseur types. I mean people who live for music. One starts with the spirit of the music and gets that right before getting to the technical side which he/she hopefully gets right. The other perfects the technical side first then hopes the spirit will catch on. The former is the real deal and the latter is boring. Bill is an example of the former.
Here’s a little song we recorded.
THANKYOU TO GARETH, AND TO SARAH LOWE OF FIFTH AVENUE PR