NEW MUSIC: Tropical Fuck Storm – You Let My Tyres Down

Tropical Fuck Storm (TFS) have released the video clip for their splendid new single ‘You Let My Tyres Down’, complete with red wine, robes, rivers and spaghetti. The B-side is a cover of ‘Back To The Wall’ by The Divinyls, sung by Fiona Kitschin and Erica Dunn. ‘You Let My Tyres Down’ is a mutant swamp-pop blazer, surveying Melbourne’s suburban underbelly with a free flow of … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Tropical Fuck Storm – You Let My Tyres Down

NEW MUSIC: Tropical Fuck Storm – Chameleon Paint

Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin (The Drones), Lauren Hammel (High Tension) on drums and Erica Dunn (Harmony, Palm Springs) have unveiled the sound of their new band Tropical Fuck Storm. It’s a jerky, catchy post-punk song that swaggers and slithers along, sounding like it could collapse at any moment. It’s a glorious collision of chaos and euphoric rock. The debut TFS 7″ single, “Chameleon Paint” b/w … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Tropical Fuck Storm – Chameleon Paint

ALBUM REVIEW: The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free

On The Drones last album, I See Seeweed (2013), there was a sense that the band had reached terminal velocity with their brand of dense, churning rock music and elegiac, snaking balladry. Where could they go from there without repeating the format they’d seemingly mastered? The answer is Feelin Kinda Free – the title alone signalling a breaking of the creative shackles. Between albums they also … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free

NEW MUSIC: The Drones – To Think That I Once Loved You

The Drones are about to unleash their new album Feelin Kinda Free on March 18th and ahead of that they’ve just released the video clip for their new 6 minute single ‘To Think That I Once Loved You’, an epic woozy ballad with dissonance emotionally scattered across it. Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Drones – To Think That I Once Loved You

2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

Here we are again at list time, halfway through 2013 and already there have been a swathe of great albums released. We’ve been listening to an eclectic mix of stuff as usual including dub electronica, skronking freeform saxophone, abrasive art rock, retro-leaning post punk and heartstring americana. These are the records we’ve loved the most from what we’ve heard this year. There will be others … Continue reading 2013 MID YEAR FAVOURITE ALBUMS

ALBUM REVIEW: Spencer P. Jones & The Nothing Butts

Spencer P. Jones has a knack of surrounding himself with superb collaborators whether it be in The Beasts of Bourbon, The Johnnys, or with the likes of Paul Kelly, Chris Bailey and Kim Salmon. Now he has teamed up with James Baker (The Scientists/Hoodoo Gurus) and Gareth Liddiard and Fiona Kitschin from The Drones and recorded a fantastic collection of visceral rock songs as The … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Spencer P. Jones & The Nothing Butts

NEWS: ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne’ curated by ATP and The Drones

Last night All Tomorrow’s Parties announced its return to Australia for a Melbourne only event curated by ATP and The Drones. Taking place on February 16th and 17th at Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star Reception in Altona. Line-up  Saturday February 16th curated by ATP my bloody valentine Godspeed You! Black Emperor Swans The Dead C HTRK Thee Oh Sees Sleepy Sun Standish/Carlyon Sunday February … Continue reading NEWS: ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror Melbourne’ curated by ATP and The Drones

DVD REVIEW: The Drones | A Thousand Mistakes

written by Chris Familton  The Drones have been one of Australia’s hardest touring bands over the last decade with frequent trips to Europe where they have garnered a healthy following. Now, as they look toward the writing and recording of their next LP in 2012, they have decided it’s about time to release a visual document of some of their most incendiary performances alongside an … Continue reading DVD REVIEW: The Drones | A Thousand Mistakes

LIVE REVIEW: The Drones @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29/10/11)

written by Chris Familton The Drones were winding up a national tour to promote the release of their first DVD A Thousand Mistakes. That document is an exhaustive look at the live evolution of the band from raw, unbridled punk rock through to their current position as one of the country’s best live acts and in Gareth Liddiard, one of our finest contemporary songwriters. Adalita … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Drones @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29/10/11)

WATCH: The trailer to The Drones DVD – A Thousand Mistakes…

A Thousand Mistakes will be released on Sept 12. Over 4.5 hours of The Drones to take home on DVD, including an intimate live session of rarely played songs, a full live show from one of Melbourne’s The East Brunswick Club and a bonus disc featuring rare live footage filmed 2005-2010, in Germany, France and Australia. Continue reading WATCH: The trailer to The Drones DVD – A Thousand Mistakes…

REVIEW: THE DRONES @ The Annandale, Sydney 04/03/10

The Drones are apparently about to knuckle down and bury themselves in the recording of a new record so this mini tour of Melbourne and Sydney was a great chance to see them before their set list changes and a new raft of epic tales and guitar maelstrom is added to their songbook. The Annandale has always been a great place to experience The Drones … Continue reading REVIEW: THE DRONES @ The Annandale, Sydney 04/03/10

REVIEW: AUGIE MARCH @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (17/07/09)

Reviewed for LiveGuide. The Watch Me Set My Strange Sun You Bloody Choir tour is billed as a bit of a retrospective look at the work to date of Augie March and it serves as a closing chapter on the first volume of the band’s career. As singer Glenn Richards announced towards the end of their set, this is the last tour for a few … Continue reading REVIEW: AUGIE MARCH @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (17/07/09)