TRoP­i­CAl FUCK sToRM

A laugh­ing Death in Meatspace JoY­FUl Noise 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - SHARON O’CON­NELL

Pre­ci­sion strike from re­cal­i­brated Drones and oth­ers

“Baby’s in re­mand right now, she’ll be there for a while for the wound­ing of a renta­cop and a ram raid in Sun­shine,” runs the open­ing line of this de­but. it’s the kind of vividly par­tic­u­lar nar­ra­tive pack­ing an ex­is­ten­tial punch typ­i­cal of The drones, but TFS (singer/ gui­tarist Gareth lid­di­ard, bassist Fiona Kitschin and pals) pro­vide an ex­hil­a­rat­ing new con­text. Struc­tured tunes edge out wan­der­ing epics, rhythm often leads the way and sur­prises abound, all with fe­ro­cious in­ten­sity as lid­di­ard de­spairs at our universal mess. atyp­i­cal highlights are the lurch­ing, buz­z­saw waltz of “Chameleon Paint” and “Shell­fish Toxin”, a synth­stru­men­tal that’s both poignant and un­set­tling, but ev­ery track hits its tar­get.

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