The Drones' new album is called Havilah, and Liddiard tried the cut-up technique of William S. Burroughs to compose some of the lyrics—in other words, taking phrases and jumbling the words around in a different order to subvert linear thought and lazy writing patterns. The melody of "Minotaur" (above) sounds similarly cut up, but the bouncing, jerky patterns build up a powerful momentum that is the Drones' finest asset. They performed one of the best sets I saw at SXSW this year, and tonight's show should be equally as exhilarating.
w/Mission 5; Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th, 9 pm, $8
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