The Drones: I See Seaweed
I have spent the entire weekend feeling sorry for myself. Not in a pathetic self-loathing way, but in an incredibly hungover 'I'm definitely getting too old for this shit' kinda way. Yesterday I trudged through the rain in Sydney's Surry Hills wearing inappropriate footwear, wondering where on earth the day had gone and why I'd made the un-wise decision of making this journey when I was severely hungover rather than the night before. To make matters worse I had a long bus ride ahead of me, and in my sad soggy state nothing was pleasing me. Not even the Cherry Ripe I bought for the journey. And I REALLY like Cherry Ripes.
There is a happy ending to this terrible tale; as I begrudgingly flicked through my music choices for the bus ride, I somehow discovered that one of my favourite Australian bands The Drones have released a new album. After initially being appalled at myself for not knowing about its release sooner, I soon lost myself staring broodily out the window, soothed by the familiar howling racket I'd been deprived of for years.
Now, I know we post a lot of nice floaty tunes here at Willow Wood, but let me just assure you now it's not the only music we're in to. For those of you that know me, you know I'm a bit of a closet goth, and I do have a big place in my heart for some grungy ear-bleedingly good garage rock.
The Drones released 'I See Seaweed' in March this year, and the first single 'How To See Through Fog' is a slow and sombre taste of what the rest of the album brings. Gareth Liddiard's wailing vocals are paired with sludgy, distorted guitar as he reveals his bitter and despairing views of the world.
It's hard to describe this band to those who aren't already familiar with them. You'll either love them or hate them. Their sound is unorthodox; it's painful, heartbreaking, terrifying, harrowing and brilliant all at once. Listening to them stirs up some sort of ancient animalistic instinct within me, a sort of urgent despair, some deranged passion that I really cannot or will not explain.
You can order the album from their website here, listen to the whole album here, or if you are lucky enough to be going to Splendour in the Grass this year in Byron Bay, they're playing on the Main Stage on Sunday the 28th. (They are one of the best live acts around, so I forcibly insist you at least check them out.)