The Drones

Brisbane Festival Review: Gareth Liddiard reveals the ragged beauty within his chaotic songs

October 2, 2018

The audience surrounded the square stage set-up in the middle of The Tivoli. It’s part of Brisbane Festival’s Tivoli In The Round programme, where fans experienced intimate performances from Australia’s best musicians. However, Gareth Liddiard found it unusual to have eyes on him from all directions, quipping to the crowd, “You’ve got to remind me […]

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Flume and A.B. Original lead the APRA’s Song of The Year Top 20 list

January 19, 2017

APRA AMCOS have released their shortlist for the 2017 APRA Song of the Year, with 20 Aussie songwriters making it to the final round, as voted by APRA AMCOS songwriter and publisher members. Newcomers Amy Shark, Julia Jacklin, Tash Sultana and D.D Dumbo enter the shortlist for the first time, while A.B. Original and Flume lead the Top 20 charge with two nominated songs featuring […]

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The 40 Best Australian Albums of 2016: From Outlier to Reclaim Australia

January 16, 2017

Last week we delivered our Top 40 Albums of 2016, as voted by our contributors – some huge albums from chart dominating artists entered in, as did some breakthrough records from bands on the homefront we were still getting to know. We go another level deeper and look at the Top Australian releases as part […]

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The Top 40 Albums of 2016 (Part Two): The Top 20

January 12, 2017

Top 20’s are always hard to pull together. As we saw with the first part of our Best Albums of 2016 countdown, the list was looking to be a varied one, with records from bands including Descendents, The Hotelier, Julia Jacklin and NO ZU all making the cut. As we look to the Top 20 records (as voted by our […]

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NGAIIRE, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana take multiple nominations in this year’s AU Awards!

December 9, 2016

With just a few weeks left in 2016, the Australian music industry is by no means slowing down and heading into any type of hibernation for the holidays. With our summer festival season just ramping up, the last few months seem to have been all about celebrating some amazing talent doing amazing things both in the studio […]

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Review: Victoria’s best celebrated at The Age Music Victoria Awards

November 21, 2016

The dimly lit underground haunt of 170 Russell was packed with the best and brightest of Victorian music,  gathering for The Age Music Victoria Awards and after party! Certain awards were decided by popular vote: the choice of the punters, after all, being the deciding factor in the success of artists. The air was jubilant, and […]

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Julia Jacklin, The Avalanches, Big Scary among J Award nominees for 2016

November 2, 2016

It’s November, which means that for triple j, it’s officially Australian Music Month – dedicated to celebrating homegrown music and the artists who have been emerging, thriving and consistently nailing it throughout the year! This morning, the annual J Awards were announced, returning for its 12th year. The awards recognise breakthrough artists, some incredible albums and […]

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State Library Victoria unveiled as 2016 Melbourne Music Week Hub; headliners announced!

September 13, 2016

Melbourne Music Week has begun teasing us with some gems ahead of the event’s full program announcement in October with news of key headliners and the new festival hub today. Melbourne’s Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, has announced that one of the city’s iconic sites, the historic State Library Victoria, will be the Hub for MMW this year, the […]

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Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell loses his voice during the band’s Sydney Opera House debut

July 25, 2016

Seattle formed quintet Band of Horses have long been favourites on Australian shores, and tonight the band made their long awaited Sydney Opera House debut, as part of their Splendour in the Grass visit and off the back off their brilliant LP Why Are You OK. It would go on to be a show that […]

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The 20 Best Albums of 2016…So Far

July 13, 2016

Having tipped the midway point of 2016, we asked our team to look back on what’s been a strong six months of new music releases already. Across the genres, there’ve been some stellar local and international albums dropping and drawing some heated conversation across fandoms. Whether it was in The Drones‘ release of arguably their […]

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ICYMI: A look back at our favourite music videos of January 2016

May 16, 2016

It’s bizarre to think we’re already hurtling towards the end of May and yet, so much quality music has already been released and jammed into five months! As part of a new series ICYMI, we’re throwing back to some of our favourite music videos, many of which you’ll have seen featured on the AU through the […]

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Album Review: The Drones – Feelin’ Kinda Free (2016 LP)

April 26, 2016

With Feelin’ Kinda Free, the Drones have reasserted themselves as the enfant terribles of Australian music. They’re willing to go where others aren’t, and they bring an unmatched intensity to their music. Anticipation has been building for this release since “Taman Shud” dropped last year, a single that showed that this album was going to […]

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The Drones announce national tour for album #7, Feelin’ Kinda Free, this April and May!

February 3, 2016

There really isn’t much to say about the upcoming new Drones material that hasn’t already been said, exclaimed, or raved about already. In singles “Taman Shud” and “To Think That I Once Loved You”, fans were given a solid dose of the band in perhaps the best creative space they’ve been in for some time […]

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Music Video of the Day: The Drones “Taman Shud” (2015)

October 23, 2015

The Drones are an undeniably powerful band, (you just need to check out their live shows to see that), and their new single “Taman Shud” is no exception to this. Recorded at Tropical Fuckstorm Studios produced and engineered by Gareth Liddiard and Aaron Cupples, the new single has flawless production, even in its heaviest parts, and […]

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