When a band, no matter what genre or country, seeks to preform and be known as a political band they stand on the shoulders of giants. Bands like MDC, Against All Authority, Government Issue, Suicide Machines and Dead Kennedy’s, to name a few. The aspiring bands are strewn across a punk landscape as far as the eye can see. Any pissed off kid with a bone to pick and a guitar has tried his hand at it, usually running out of steam in a garage or a VFW hall in a generic city in front of nomadic fans. But Drones are not one of these bands.
Drones are a punk band from Surrey county in south east England and they prove that the political punk band with a wailing guitar and pissed off lyrics is not exclusive to North America and that with the world in a constant state of flux and our civil liberties at risk in every facet of our lives, they’re able to fly their flag high and proudly. The Drones formed out of frustration at the local scene and the over abundance of bands that sung about “Getting girls and nice haircuts.” Starting off in the right direction with influences such as Anti-Flag, Gallows and The Clash, Daly George, Mitchell Thomas and James Kerr started their band in a scene and a country that sorely needed shaking up. Having honed a sound and harnessed the power of their direction the Drones have released a brilliant, well written and demanding album in Mutiny.
I started off listening to this album the same way I do will all albums I want to review: on random. The first song I was treated to was the title track of the album. Mutiny is the second song on the album and is a real ball kicker. Although the opening of the song seems homogenized and played out, the song quickly gains footing and speed. Daly’s unique voice betrays his youth; one filled with frustration at a system that chews up its best and brightest. The whole album is filled with great punk songs. “Shells Fall, Pins Pulled” is an exceptionally brilliant song in my opinion and the band delivers it like a punch to the brain, dripping with contempt and angst. The only song that I was luke warm on the album was “The Jester”. The mixing seemed a little under cooked but that is the only low spot in an otherwise great release. The album rounds out at just about 25 minutes and stays true to delivering its message with the strength of a million kiloton bomb as most political punk bands attempt to do.
The Drones are a band that should be on any political/angst filled punk fan’s radar and I highly recommend you pick up this release. Well done lads. Well done.