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The Drones @ The Forum (Melbourne), 18-10-08

October 19, 2008

Hello reader(s), because I was slightly drunk and 20 minutes late to The Drones gig at the Forum last night instead here is a review by (avid reader) Sarah Cameron, who I slightly abandoned and left to deal with the crowds alone. Although I have to say that seeing ‘Jezebel’ and ‘The Locust’ live was pretty damn awesome, as was the rest of the show and luckily I’ll be seeing the songs I missed at Laneway Festival (hopefully). But I think Sarah has written a slightly more detailed account then I could have. Note; awesome blurry photo was taken by me though.

“When the Drones walk on stage at the Forum, they are immediately recognisable. That guitarist, Gareth Liddiard, I swear, was once a shearer, as was his wife, Fiona Kitschin- the sole lady shearer who Mum lets use the nicer, house bathroom. As for the lead guitarist Dan Luscombe, he must be that homeless man who complimented my dress, only an hour before. (Note: drummer Mike Noga is like nothing else, he is simply gorgeous).

They rattle off, in quick succession, ‘Nail it down’, ‘The Minotaur’ and ‘I am the Supercargo’ from new album Havilah, and these are so impressive; I’d have hated to miss them for one reason or another. The crowd curses “fucking Halo 2” as one. Fiona hardly faces the audience unless she has to supply back-up vocals, and when the enraptured women near me yell ‘Go Fiona!!’ she shyly smiles and hides her face. Meanwhile, supplying piercing and fuzzy riffs respectively, Dan and Gareth both look a little like they’re victims of the cruciatus curse. The intensity is faithful to their critically-acclaimed recordings, and is worthy company to Gareth’s harsh lyricism.

When ‘Jezebel’ hits (And when I arrived luckily cause it’s an awesome song- Nick), he spits the syllables like the girl really, really meant something. ‘Sharkfin Blues’ conveyed, if there was any doubt left at this stage, that the unassuming Dan is a national treasure when it comes to fiddling the strings. The retrospective songs welcome the new ones, potentially because they’re not necessarily new: “written ten years ago in Richmond”, ‘Cold and sober’ is one of their most comprehensible and tender songs, swamped in baying guitar.

The gap between set and encore is markedly brief- Mike hastily stubs a smoke while walking on, Dan drains his beer, and Gareth is last on because he’s still taking a slash- and precedes the biggest sing-along of the night in ‘Baby²’. ‘I don’t ever want to change’ offers messy bliss before ‘Your acting’s like the end of the world’ seals the night on a pretty, cheeky note, seeing the band crack the first real smiles of the evening.

The Drones are real people, and they’re beautiful.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kaitlyn permalink
    October 19, 2008 7:49 am

    Very nice Sarah C, you should review here more often.

  2. Elyse permalink
    October 19, 2008 8:14 am

    Well done Sarah! I particularly like the shearer comparison. Made me laugh out loud.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    October 19, 2008 8:32 am

    Thanks, but i can’t contribute more because that would probably require IT skills. Also Nick, instead of your photo, you should have had just a picture of Mike Noga.
    sarah c

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