Forming a refracted evolution of darkly signed synth-punk, DROVES‘ anti-ethos to contemporary musical embrace is transfixing. After making their debut at this years’s sold out Yours & Owls Festival and releasing their debut single ‘Time‘, the new project, hailing from Wollongong, blooms into an inspired and precise collision of beautifully dark anomalies.
After receiving massive response from tastemakers including triple j, Pilerats, AAA Backstage, Laundry Echo, Wickedd Childd and more, the band are excited to release the track’s official video today via GD FRNDS.
Plastered in an abandoned warehouse draped by the dim industrial drone, the five-piece appear coordinated and unkempt at the same time. The harsh visual backdrop is a fitting tapestry to their music.
“We wanted to capture the same awkwardness and rawness that you see in early Australian ’80s music videos like INXS’ ‘Don’t Change’ or Midnight Oils’ ‘King Of The Mountain’,” explains DROVES’ Phil Spiteri. “Something like what a lot people have said the song itself reminds them of.”
‘Time’ is DROVES’ most stark remark to their stylistic and impressionist dark wave. The group’s synthetic incarnation of pop, rock and synth precursors all ceremonially melt into one another in an undeniably visceral manner. They hold the tenacious excitement of punk that’s sequenced through a greyscale disco ball.
The five-piece also have a debut EP on the way titled ‘Bloodlines‘. Due early 2019, the record reflects on the effects of modern cryogenics and navigates what it means to mourn a death, which, due to modern technology, is not set in stone.
“This [EP] was a way I could communicate, as a sort of time capsule, to my father while telling a story of resentment, time and peace to anyone who may have found themselves holding onto anger,” dictates Spiteri.
Over summer, DROVES will tour the single along the east coast including debut performances in QLD.
SUN 16 DECEMBER | Sad Grrrls Club | Sydney, NSW
FRIDAY 21 DECEMBER | Botany View Hotel | Sydney, NSW
FRI 11 JANUARY | Netherworld | Brisbane, QLD
SUN 13 JANUARY | Miami Shark Bar | Gold Coast, QLD
– Laundry Echo“Every time I hear this song I get more invested and sucked into its aura“
– Declan Byrne, triple j“This is a beguiling first track DROVES. I know I like it but I can’t explain the formula why exactly“
– Dave Ruby Howe, triple j
“A soaring new wave anthem“