The Drones, I See Seaweed (2013)
Anthology Of Australian Albums: Critical Engagements
School of Arts and Humanities
The Drones’ fifth album was released in March 2013 to fervent critical and audience acclaim that was almost exclusively restricted to Australia. Self-released after the band parted ways with international label All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP), the album resonated strongly with local rock audiences, but went almost unnoticed elsewhere. While this may speak to the changing nature of international distribution in the digital age, it also speaks to the album’s content. Arguably the band’s heaviest and least sonically accessible record, I See Seaweed articulated the desolation felt by the Australian Left at the prospect of a neo-conservative government that would take office in September of that year. As such, I See Seaweed speaks to universal themes of isolation in a globalized society, as well as channelling issues specific to the contemporary Australian experience [...].