I've Listened To This Song At Least Twice A Day For Two Weeks And You Should Too
Every now and then I get completely stuck on a song. It will be all I listen to for weeks on end (to the detriment of my girlfriend’s sanity). I’ll listen to it day and night completely enveloped in its intricacies, pulling it apart, putting it back together and all in all living within and for it. For just over two weeks that song has been Time by Wollongong electronic punk outfit DROVES.
Daunting and overwhelming in the style of all brilliant post-music from the very first instance, Time, begins to roll out its audible puzzle. A slapping snare anchors reverb laden guitars, like a piston put in place to pull Time together when all of its parts begin to float away. Dual vocals from Phillip Spiteri and Taylor McAuliffe soon kick in to echo, spiral and encompass each other for the remainder of the song. In a song of highlights, Time’s chorus stands tall, anthemic and crafted in such a way it rings out in your head long after listening.
A tale of the working class, alcoholism and anger held, Time’s chorus is potent. The lyrics "Another day, another dollar in my head, another six drinks alone. Another day, another dollar in my head, you’ll be asleep when I get home.” march out repeatedly, stomping their way through the listener experience like the pattern they describe in the life of someone going through its motions.
Musically DROVES reference bands as grand and prominent as Foals or even Midnight Oil. It’s big music that delivers in bunches. A daunting task in itself to stack up against influences of this size yet, despite being only months old as a band, DROVES stand in this soundscape and make it entirely, confidently their own.
With Time being the first taste of debut EP Bloodline (due out early in 2019) I couldn’t be more stoked to follow everything this band does.
If you’re in Sydney you can catch DROVES this Friday night right here.
Otherwise be sure to follow along with all things DROVES here.