Sometimes I feel like I’ve written endlessly here about how much I love The Drones, in particular their live shows. They are a relentlessly ferocious live act and they are certainly one of the few bands I’m going to miss seeing on a semi-regular basis now that I no longer live in Australia. But to help me cope the band have released a brand new live album recorded last May at the Hi-Fi in Brisbane. That was kind, guys.
Live at the Hi-Fi captures the current incarnation of The Drones at their most ragged and rockin’. The set opens with Nail It Down and The Minotaur from last year’s immensely impressive Havilah before delving deep into their back catalogue for the rest of the disc. While the live staples of Shark Fin Blues and I Don’t Ever Want To Change are present, it’s the inclusion of the less well-known songs such as She Had An Abortion That She Made Me Pay For and The Miller’s Daughter that make this album truly representative of the band live: totally uncompromising.
But perhaps the two highlights are Sixteen Straws (performed acoustically by Gareth Liddiard accompanied by Mike Noga [or is it Dan Luscombe?] on harmonica) and a harrowing version of Kev Carmody’s River Of Tears which closes out the album. It’s one hell of a way to end a live record.
Live at the Hi-Fi is currently available in Australia bundled with Havilah and as a stand-alone download (for those of you already with the album) from iTunes. It’s also available internationally on iTunes. Get on it.