Released: Dec 5th 2011
Label: Lockjaw records
By: Chris Fishlock
Young UK punk band Drones hail from Camberley in Surrey and recently signed to Lockjaw records. Their debut album ‘Mutiny’ is a fast paced record of short high tempo shouting punk songs that never give up or give a chance for even a breath. The album is at a short 25 minutes yet fits in 11 tracks, only one of which is over 3 minutes long. This fast and loud record is certainly not for anyone who can’t take their punk rock at full volume and speed.
Lead vocalist and guitar player Daly George leads us through the tracks with his unique voice, which may put some listeners off but you soon get used to it and the rawness of the vocals really fit into the punk sound of the band. The rest of Drones equally help the awesome punk racket with the fast bass playing of James Kerr, while Mitchell Thomas pounds the drums with a great deal of aggression, as well as both giving backing vocals.
‘Mutiny’ has a fantastic rawness that reminds you of what punk is about, the band’s simple set up and fast aggressive playing mixed with their political lyrics help make this one of the truest punk rock debuts this year, that also keeps the spirit and energy of Drones’ powerful and in your face live performances. If you like your punk fast, simple and raw then you need to be listening to this album, it’s great to have a fresh young, energetic and talented band representing UK punk in a time when so many American bands dominate the scene, Drones remind you of a younger Anti-Flag, who knows where the future might take this band. This record will throw you into in from the second you press play and keep you attentive throughout; it’s a must for anyone who wants to remember all that is great about punk rock.
Drones – Shells Fall, Pins Pulled