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Posted 17 Sep 2013 @ 10:01am

For the first time in living memory, set times at the Hi-Fi were running according to advertised scheduled, and The Drones were onstage and playing by 10pm.  There’s no warm-up with this band, no time to settle in, no easing into the action. Gareth Liddiard is immediately contorting and writhing around, his guitar slung barely above knee height.  Fiona Kitschin has her back to the crowd,...

Posted 10 Sep 2013 @ 10:59am

Guitarist Dan Luscombe is sniffling down the line on a particularly frigid Melbourne morning (“It’s fucking horrible”). Up until earlier this year, Luscombe was the ‘new guy’ in The Drones, having joined Gaz Liddiard, Fiona Kitschin and Mike Noga back in 2007. Now the distinction goes to organist Steve Hesketh, who after making a few live appearances with the band over the years, became a...

Posted 17 Jul 2013 @ 9:40am

A big noisy motherfucker of a runaway train, A Moat You Can Stand In is the exquisite I See Seaweed’s most ferocious cut – something a little more I Don’t Ever Want To Change than Shark Fin Blues. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s more than a bit feral. Be warned, you’ll need a lead-lined towel to mop down Gaz’s acidic spittle afterwards. And yeah you’ll wanna hear this one live on their...

Posted 25 Jun 2013 @ 11:57am

'Thou knowest not what evening may bring.' So reads the description of Satanalia – the flagship music event of Dark Mofo, the Museum of Old and New Art's tribute to all things dark, disorienting and debaucherous – and the winter solstice weekend in our southernmost capital certainly bought a lot of evening, and a lot of 'what'. By 5pm each night the sun has set, and by the time it struggles...

Posted 30 Apr 2013 @ 1:28pm

Mixing it up slightly for tonight's support slot, King Gizzard And The Lizard took a more measured approach – whether it be out of reverence for the man who inspired the title of Garage Liddiard, or simply a less-attacking stratagem to comply with their role as the night's warmup. Playing tracks from their recently released Eyes Like The Sky was a curious choice, especially when performed sans...

Posted 17 Apr 2013 @ 9:48am

The Drones’ career has played out in three acts: the first came with the band’s conception in Perth, the bastard offspring of The Gutterville Splendour Six. Featuring original members James McCann and Rui Pereira alongside notional leader Gareth Liddiard, The Drones begged, borrowed and stole its way into the gutter of Australian underground rock. The second act came with The Drones’ break-...

Posted 27 Feb 2013 @ 7:15am

Gareth Liddiard has never been one to shy away from expressing the way things are and he again goes straight for the jugular on his band’s latest album, I Sea Seaweed. In the past, the Drones-eye-view has been entrenched in the surrounding landscape and its people. So while there’s something quintessentially Australian about The Drones, with their passionate local fans lapping up...

Posted 26 Feb 2013 @ 11:56am

Precursor to everything, it was hot! Held in the scant, industrial confines of Altona North, the site for ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror was a wonderfully dated oasis, desperately in need of refurbishment on the outside, sparsely adorned inside: no doubt a hub for gymbaroos, bookish tennis and '80s consumerism.


Rolling into the large Stage One at the most intense moment of the day I...

Posted 22 Feb 2013 @ 5:50pm

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have announced that Husky as well as The Drones will support them at their Melbourne shows next month.



Indie folk four-piece Husky will support Neil Young and Crazy Horse at each of their arena and A Day On The Green appearances. The band released debut LP Forever So in July last year to much critical acclaim. They’ll be joined by...


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