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There are at least three bands called The Drones:

1. an Australian rock band of the 2000s
2. a British punk band of the late 70s. See Drones
3. a British contemporary string quartet

1. The Drones are an Australian band that consists of vocalist/guitarist Gareth Liddiard, bassist Fiona Kitschin, guitarist Dan Luscombe, drummer Mike Noga and now keyboardist Steve Hesketh. The new album I See Seaweed will be available digitally and in store independently through MGM Distribution from March 1st 2013.

There’s a song near the end of I See Seaweed called ‘Laika’ about the dog who was shot into space, with no hope of return, in a Soviet experiment in 1957. It follows Laika as she is born a stray on the street, “fired into a canyon of polite applause” and then left drifting in orbit. For years songwriter Gareth Liddiard has been famous for writing about the Australian experience, but ‘Laika’ – like so many of the songs on I See Seaweed – is more universal than that. His focus has broadened, from colonialism to the human condition:
One day they’ll build her statue, put it in the yard
To show all the children and the palace guard
And one day all you children will be white dwarves too
You’ll cave under yourselves and become cruel, cruel, cruel.
It’s not the first time Liddiard has sung about space. ‘Penumbra’, one of the best tracks on Havilah (2008), was inspired by Buzz Aldrin and the Moon landing. That album was a slow burn – it took a few close listens to reveal itself. I See Seaweed isn’t like that at all.


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  • FerAnchus

    Fuck. [3]

    30 Jul 2:48am Reply
  • A1000Mistakes

    Fuck. [2]

    15 May 6:15am Reply
  • Actopus


    8 Apr 7:06pm Reply
  • nicoinfurs

    still pissed at myself for picking MBV over them at a festival last year, knowing I'll probably never get another chance

    16 Mar 11:13pm Reply
  • gutterdancer

    I agree that cover of "I see seaweed" doesn't represent the music. By looking at the cover I expected some lower class indie band to play boring guitar songs but well, it's really interesting and complex material with no reflection in this minimalistic cover.

    27 Jan 8:04pm Reply
  • John___Lemon

    sixth best album of the year for me. a truly amazing release,

    3 Jan 11:58am Reply
  • wretched-one

    The singer from the original late 70's English Punk Band died a few months back. I met him a few times in the 90's and he was a real nice guy. RIP MJ Drone your gone but not forgotten.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MangoWangito

    new album is beautiful

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    I can't help but feel, that the album cover of I See Seaweed doesn't really represent the music too well

    4 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gooose87


    2 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hiney44

    last nights show in sydney was phenomenal

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • harajukudude

    Loving how to see through the Fog, not sure about the rest of the album.

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HoneyRitual

    that voice <3

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FritzDeMers

    wow wow wow. love this band.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • XMD5a8000

    New album took me completely by surprise. Have never been overly into this band but consider me converted. The title track and "Laika" are works of genius.

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • GeorgeDrucsen

    Review: The Drones – I See Seaweed [7/10]

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MikeMoldao

    I See Seaweed is brilliant.

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Pluton

    The new album is incredibly good. Is it me, or it's gonna be the best album of the year? Or maybe it's gonna be Nick Cave one. What happened in Australia this year? So many good surprises from that country.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • tangerine843

    can't stop listening to the new album.. epic.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • burtpatarach

    First listen of the new album, and it's pretty damn good. Would have liked a couple of shorter punchier numbers ala Shark Fin Blues, but small complaint; I can just listen to Shark Fin Blues for that. Sounds excellent. Their riffs never fail.

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
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