Exiled is set for release in March via Lockjaw records and features new single Rorschach.
London-based band Drones have revealed another glimpse of their new direction in the rock-fuelled fury of Rorschach, alongside a new music video. The track “was written as a slap in the face to those of us who ‘suffer’ from so-called ‘first world problems’,” explains vocalist Lois McDougall.
“We have freedoms that others spend their lives fighting for, and it’s all too easy to forget that we live in a relatively protected and safe environment. The song is a simplistic attempt to adjust perspectives and the way people in our society perceive their every-day issues. We are the lucky ones, and to close our eyes to the suffering of refugees fleeing war or oppression is nothing less than selfish and savage. You have no more right to the freedoms which you have been handed than anyone else does.”
McDougall elaborates on the pertinent thoughts behind the record, “Exiled is a collection of songs that we began writing after being struck by the misery of the European refugee crisis. Some of the songs are written from the perspectives of fictional characters of those impacted by the crisis, and others of those who prefer to distance themselves from it. Millions of people are suffering every day and it’s a subject that should be kept at the forefront of all of our minds.”
28 November – Tamesis Dock, London
01 December – Ex Servicemen’s Club, Corby
05 December – The Pipeline, Brighton
06 December – UCA, Canterbury
07 December – Edge of the Wedge, Portsmouth
19-21 April 2018 – Manchester Punk Festival