The Playlist: The Drones

Australian alt-rock band The Drones dropped the world premiere of 'To Think That I Once Loved You' yesterday (Monday 18 January). I heard it on Triple J and was completely blown away by how visceral and raw and beautiful the track is. Frontman Garreth Liddiard strains his low voice through reflection and pain and hate in the most affecting way, and the homorhythmic treatment of the backing vocals in the chorus makes it all the more poignant. It's powerful stuff.

The Drones formed way back in 1997 in Perth, an outlet for Liddiard's experimental music that has seen different members come and go over the years. The more permanent fixtures include bass guitarist and vocalist Fiona Kitschin, who joined in 2002, and guitarist and vocalist Dan Luscombe, who joined in 2007. The project is now based in Melbourne.

'To Think That I Once Loved You' features Melbourne-based band Harmony, which adds an extra layer of richness to the single. We are on the cusp of The Drone's seventh studio album release – Feeling Kinda Free is out on 18 March 2016 – and I can't wait to see what else they do.


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