Boomkat Product Review:
At last delivering a full-length follow-up to 2006's brilliant Gala Mill, The Drones have lost none of their run-down rock & roll dynamics, nor their unhinged venom. Throughout, the guitars are laudably experimental, balancing an incredibly rough, loosened up sound with highly inventive techniques and effects usage. This combination of instrumental brilliance, lyrical insight and raggedy indiscipline makes for a weird collision - like Nick Cave, Babyshambles and Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood all piling up on the same red-raw recording. Erstwhile single 'The Minotaur' is a terrific piece of work, and although it's been said before on these pages it's worth mentioning again that these guys pull off that wild, unkempt Crazy Horse sound better than most. Even when The Drones attempt something approaching a ballad, there's a gritty sincerity that keeps your nerves jangling. 'The Drifting Housewife' is a good example of this, making much of the interplay between its bone-dry slide guitar lines and Gareth Liddiard's brutish-yet-poetic vocal delivery. Great stuff - highly recommended.