In support of their thrilling new opus, I See Seaweed, Australia’s finest, The Drones, will be going for a trot around the country starting next Thursday night at the Spotted Cow in Toowoomba.
I once read a quote about front man, Gareth Liddiard, which goes like this:
“Gareth Liddiard could make going to the corner shop to buy a loaf of bread sound cataclysmic”.
In nutshell, this is spot on. I’ll say it now, If Gareth Liddiard isn’t one of the best songwriters to ever come out of this country then I’m missing something. In music, there’s no one more polemic when it comes to asking the big questions in this country. Nick Cave? More poetic, and if anything, has avoided topics pertaining to his homeland. Peter Garrett? I personally think he lacked the fire and brimstone that Liddiard has.
I See Seaweed is a conquest. It’s The Drones at their ferocious best. Is it their best effort, thus far? Many will say yes. I’m not so sure. This band is a slow burner for me. Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies will Float by took a good six months to sink in on my watch, as did Gala Mill. ISS hit me straight up. Whether that’s anything to go by, again, time will tell. As it stands, it would be fair to say that it’s a close run thing.
The best review I’ve read of the album is over at Mess and Noise. Written by Kate Hennessy, I’d go as far to say it’s one of the best and most thought out album reviews I’ve had the pleasure of reading. Check it out here:
Also, Liddiard has given an insight into each song on the album in an interview with Faster Louder earlier this year. A lot of the time, I’m not so keen on artists doing this, as songs should be open to interpretation, however Liddiard being the master that he is doesn’t give the whole lot away in his answers; typical of the man, really. Check the interview out here.
The Drones Tour Dates:
Thursday April 11 @ The Spotted Cow, ToowoombaFriday April 12 @ The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday April 13 @ Tanks Art Centre, Edge Hill
Friday April 19 @ Astor Theatre Mt Lawley
Saturday April 20 @ The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide
Friday April 26 @ The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday April 27 @ The Opera House, Sydney
By Simon K.