The Drones have released their seventh album, a world explored via the interpretation of their wild and wayward frontman Gareth Liddiard
The Drones have changed tack.
The visceral Victorian rock band have released their seventh album Feelin Kinda Free, through their new label Tropical F-Storm.
The Drones’ worldly, intellectual singer-songwriter Gareth Liddiard explains: “Feelin Kinda Free is the world filtered through me. I listen to Steve Reich and Debussy and Madvillain and pop stuff like Skrillex, anything I can use. I don’t listen to stuff because it’s Saturday and I’m going to a party. There’s songs about ISIS in there.”
Following up two sizzling singles Taman Shud and To Think That I Once Loved You, the next cut from Feelin Kinda
Free will be the breakbeat infused Boredom.
“I first listened to Run DMC as a kid and we liked making a tune with a hip hop beat,” says Liddiard during a break from filming the clip.
“Half was filmed in Tokyo and half here. It’s based around a hen’s night, a horrible one. It’s low rent – girls puking. There’s an evil demon involved too,” he says, darkly mischievous.
Change is positive. Drummer Mike Noga left the group after their last album I See Seaweed. They reunited with original sticksman Christian Strybosch who drummed on their debut album Wait Long By the River and the Bodies Of Your Enemies Will Float By.
That record won the inaugural AMP.
Liddiard has plenty to say about the state of rock’n’roll.
“Rock’n’roll has become complacent. Certain bands just fit into easy categories for Pitchfork,” he says, name checking a Joy Division-lite group off the record.
“Hip hop is still being original, Kendrick Lamar is like what Jimi Hendrix was in the ‘60s, he’s the biggest thing in America now.”
The Drones play The Triffid, Brisbane, May 6 and The Northern, Byron Bay, May 7
The Drones rock band led by Gareth Liddiard, pictured at The Sydney Opera House.