Ever since their latest release, Havilah, landed in my mailbox a few months ago, I've been dying for the Drones to announce a Seattle date. When it was announced they were part of the next New York All Tomorrow's Parties festival, it was even more incentive to attend this fall. Well, apparently they already did announce a Seattle date and I somehow missed it. The noisy, murderous balladeers will be at the Sunset in just a little over two weeks, on April 12. The band is the first signee to ATP Recordings and is essential listening for anyone who loves the idea of a Mclusky/Black Mountain orgy, or perhaps is just ready to break away from a fixation on the Nick Cave catalog. They won the Australian Music Prize in 2006 for their brilliantly-titled album Wait Long By The River and Your Enemies Will Float By, and they seem to be steadily catching on, at least overseas (former Seattle-based scribe Everett True calls them "the saviours of Australian rock...melancholy, incendiary...brutal, brilliant").
Unfortunately, I fear that a Sunday night show and a current lack of radio airplay might hurt their draw. I hope I'm wrong, because this is top-notch work that deserves to be heard (and seen).
The video for the album's first single, "Minataur", is after the jump.