The Drones have re­leased their sev­enth al­bum, a world ex­plored via the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of their wild and way­ward front­man Gareth Liddiard

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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.

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