The Drones were on hiatus but are now officially over. Founding member, Gareth Liddiard and his musical and life partner Fiona Kitschin are carrying on though. They’re rocking out with a new-found purpose in Tropical Fuck Storm. Braindrops is the band’s second album in 18 months, following on from A Laughing Death In Meatspace. Doc At The Radar Station by Captain Beefheart was a big influence on this album, so expect some weird, wonky and wonderful noise.
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It's still a personal struggle to get over a band with the very naughty f-word in their name - immediately rendering pretty much any use of the band's material on mainstream radio impossible. Which is a shame because, like 'A Laughing Death In Meatspace', 'Braindrops' is a good album that would do pretty well on mainstream radio, whether the band like it or not.
First impressions are that 'Braindrops' is very similar to Tropical Fuck Storm's debut album in that the band still come across as a bunch avant-garde, experimental 'sort of' rock weirdos. If you're already a fan of Tropical Fuck Storm you'll be familiar with the sound. 'Braindrops' is also the first record the band have made since the formal end of the Drones, so its feels as if every effort has been made to ensure that everything sounds exactly how they want. There are definitely similarities with black midi, Girl Band and IDLES - post-punk and often very shouty noise.
Amongst the Fuck Storm, if you will, there are some much more mellow moments, such as the opening riffs and ride hits on 'Maria 62', the lead single 'Braindrops' and the very strange 'Desert Sands Of Venus'. It's a nice complete record to listen to from track one to track nine, each song is different but you know where you stand. Weird but not that weird.
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