NEW ALBUM - THE NORTHERN DRONES 'HIGH SKY'            

ALBUM OF THE WEEK 7/5/12
FROM THE RTE 2FM WEBSITE
                                                                                                                  
"They're back with their third album 'High Sky'... Not bad considering that The Northern Drones only released their debut album less than two years ago. Fear not, they haven't lost that scerated guitar sound, they still sound as loose as ever, or as they were once described on this show; "Psychedelic Garage Rock recorded under the stairs!"

THE ALTERNATIVE WITH DAN HEGARTY
MON-THUR 11.OO-13.00
ON 2XM and 23.00-01.00 ON 2FM 



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"Dublin-based, The Northern Drones specialise in ramshackle, headspinning psych-ramalama with a grand sense of fecklessness to the sound. Their self-titled debut album was apparently recorded in a cubbyhole under a set of stairs and sounds all the better for it".  JIM CARROLL

northern drones in the IRISH TIMES 21/1/11







NEW ALBUM REVIEW FROM GOLDEN PLEC

In the Dublin music scene, its not easy to sneak in under the radar. Bands are named the ‘next big thing’ before they’ve even played live where others are ‘destined for a number one’ (or whatever the equivalent is in these download days) before they’ve even seen a studio. The Northern Drones have, somehow avoided both and have toured and recorded for a while without the hype machine, or indeed The Hype Machine, catching on. And, while its nice to come across some top quality music without the hype, you can’t help but feel that they deserve it so much more than so many others.

mornin lite from the northern drones album


This album, their eponymous debut, is very good. It’s powerful, it’s inventive, it’s divisive perhaps but it sure doesn’t sound like anyone else. Ever-present on the album is the jangling guitars (or perhaps the ‘northern drone’ of which they speak) and the rather muted vocals which give it a rather claustrophobic feel. It was recorded under a stairs, after all. Lyrics are scarce and not particularly decipherable when present but this is not an issue as the guitars and percussion (especially the cymbals) are dominant throughout.

The one bum-note on this fine indie-rock effort the third track, ‘Full Moon Killer’. It seems slightly jumbled and seems to be stepping on its own toes quite a bit. Momentum is recovered quickly, though, with the following


tracks, ‘Northern Drone’ and the powerful ‘Solid Waste’.

Later in the album, specifically with ‘Many Ways’ and ‘Make a Deal’ The Northern Drones manage a rare feat. They have produced songs that are of, shall we say, ambitious length but, somehow, never feel laborious nor self-indulgent. ‘Enemy’, however, clocking in at just over three minutes, seems like a short sharp shock (just like the one you’ll get towards the end of the song when you’ll think your mp3 player is going to explode).

There is one downside to this album however, in that the tracks start to feel a bit ‘same-y’ come the end. If something a bit slower or quieter were thrown somewhere in the running time, it would do the album the world of good. For now, though, it’s still a cut above the rest.

Sean Noone
5 Oct 2011



 DOWNLOAD SOME  ALBUM TRACKS FROM HERE


  free download of  mornin lite
recorded live from the northern drones album
 
free download of  northern drone



THE NORTHERN DRONES ALBUM NAMED IN THE TOP 6 IRISH ALBUMS OF 2011

2011 in Review - Irish Albums



ATL Introducing... New Irish Music

'Rigsy and Dan Hegarty (2FM) pick a couple of gems from thier special
 2 hour simulcast on both BBC Radio Ulster and RTE 2FM. We hear new
tracks from A Plastic Rose, Northern Drones and In Their Thousands
as well as a session track from Malojian. Duration:17 mins' Available:
10 days remaining

PODCAST AVAILABLE HERE FOR NEXT 0 DAYS
- FREE DOWNLOAD FROM ACROSS THE LINE



Cheers to Dan Hegarty at RTÉ 2fm and Rigsy at BBC Radio Ulster for playin this tune
 electric sun on their Alternative / Across The Line show the other nite from Belfast
 LISTEN BACK here at radio ulster  (for next 0 days) 
or here at 2fm


recording electric sun

DOWNLOAD THIS TUNE AND OTHERS FOR FREE FROM HERE




RTE 2FM SESSION (RTE PRESS CENTRE)

http://www.rte.ie/presspack/2011/03/07/dan-hegarty-with-the-northern-drones-in-the-2fm-studio-session/

DAN HEGARTY WITH THE NORTHERN DRONES IN THE 2FM STUDIO SESSION

Monday 7th March, 1.00am

RTÉ Music: DAN HEGARTY WITH THE NORTHERN DRONES IN THE 2FM STUDIO SESSION

The Northern Drones began life as the main culprits in an unplanned jamming session at a Dun Laoghaire college gig in 2005 (but as the name suggests they come from further north-(Belfast, Donegal and Germany)
Over the next few years they began recording their sessions, and they provided the music for Seattle poet Kim Acrylic’s 2009 album ‘Fanfare Meltdown’.
Further support from across the Atlantic encouraged the band to keep recording and playing occasional gigs around Dublin and London, but the main drive of the Drones was jamming and recording, often with many others who happened to turn up to their city-centre lock-up under the stairs.
Having no appetite for album lunches, they quietly released their not-so-quiet self-titled album in late 2010. Due to its lo-fi sound, it was a major surprise when Dan Hegarty gave it its first airplay.
The next planned gig is Holy Thursday in Twisted Pepper, but the next album is due to be released in the next month or so. An Australian radio station is stating that “psyche is the new folk and folk is the new funk” but the Drones don’t give a folk.
Drums-Justin McDaid, guitar/voc-Steve Lowe, bass-Inga Eichler.





NEW ALBUM REVIEW IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF NEMESIS TO GO
http://www.nemesis.to/records.htm

The Northern Drones (Self Release)


"There's more than enough perfect music around," say The Northern Drones in the note that accompanies this Dublin-based band's new CD. Well, they're not wrong. Imperfections make things interesting. And although the production here is garagey and the sound is downright anorexic, somehow that suits the music. Mainly recorded live in the studio (or the garage), The Northern Drones sound like the Flamin' Groovies having a hallucenogenic-enhanced jam, circa 1967 - although I'm not sure if the sixties garage thing they've got going here is intentional, or if it's just the result of the non-production. For all I know, the band might actually want to sound like U2.  

Still, however they got there, the band's fuzztone clang and clatter has a stripped-down charm. The proto-psychedelic spacey vocals, way down in the mix, sound like another instrument rather than a focal point - although, again, I'm not sure if it's supposed to be that way, or if someone just forgot to shove the vocal channel fader up. The result is an album that's a bit like a colouring book that hasn't been coloured in yet. I can fill in my own colours, but I have no idea if they'll be the same as the way the band would do it. Still, you know - it's interesting like that.

Uncle N April 2011












go home - peadar kearneys dublin 9/7/11



NEW DRONES ALBUM
 ONE HUNDRED EYES
AVAILABLE FROM TOWER RECORDS FROM TODAY
16 JUNE 11 AND ALSO FROM CD BABY

 
 
 

ANOTHER VINYL CD THIS TIME IN COLOUR
THANKS TO DAN HEGARTY AT 2FM WHO GAVE THE
FIRST TRACK A SPIN THERE ON HIS MONDAY NIGHT
SHOW 6 JUNE 2011


 









'exile yourself', from the 2009 album 'fanfare meltdown'
by kim acrylic and the northern drones, features on the new complilation album by
Croation record label NO SKILL RECORDS





new interview with kim acrylic here


older kim acrylic interview here








      Kim Acrylic
 
Kim's third volume of poetry and lyrics
brought a publisher change, electing to
go through Lulu.
Beauty and Noise can be downloaded
as an e-book or purchased in paper form,
 in a magazine-style
book.  Beauty and Noise shows
the continuing maturation of
Kim as a writer and artist.





DOWNCOMING GIGS  

THE DRONES
PLAYED A GIG LAST SATURDAY NIGHT

FREE IN ALL NIGHT

9 July 2011 8PM- 1.30AM

Peadar Kearney's
64 Dame Street
Dublin, Ireland

Night of Psychrock with The Northern Drone

Join us for a night of live music
and DJ PYCHO DERRICK playin
all your favourite psych garage
nuggets in Peadar Kearney's
basement on Dame Street this Saturday


GIGS AUGUST 2011


THE DRONES PLAYIN SWEENEYS DAME STREET TOMORRO NIGHT FRI 5th AUG 11
FREE GIG
DOWN IN THE BASEMENT / reptile cabaret  NOEL SWEENEY ADAM WILSON
VAUGHAN AND ST.BRIDGET EARLYBIRD AND THERE BE A GOA TRANCE
ANUNITU FROM FLUOROHIVE,WITH MAR Q DOIN HIS HIS VJ THING
The Sweeney Mongrel 9pm


fred zeppelins cork this fri
the drones played a gig this fri 7/10/11 at fred zeppelins in cork city.
with constant supply and a special acoustic set from when good pets go bad

THE DRONES
PLAYIN THIS SUNDAY NIGHT 7/8/11
IN WHELANS 9PM
SUPPORTING THE ALTERED HOURS
http://breakingtunes.com/thealteredhours
AND DAPHNE IN THE ATTIC
http://www.facebook.com/daphneintheattic



drop d
-JUNE 2011

SUPPORTIN THE BRILLIANT ALTERED HOURS IN CORK CITY

WED 1 JUNE 2011

Cork's neo-psychedelic group The Altered Hours and Dublin's psych-garage band The Northern Drones plan an evening psychedelia at An Brog Cork on June 1st. 9.30PM. Entry is Free. Have a taste of the music of The Altered Hours here:









SAT 26 Mar 2011 8PM Fred Zeppelin's, 8 Parliament Street, Cork   supporting When Good Pets Go Bad
€3
at the door

http://breakingtunes.com/whengoodpetsgobad




 

THUR 21 Apr 2011





 
  7PM

The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin
 
THE HOLY THURSDAY SESSION with  Constant Supply, When Good Pets Go Bad, This Other Kingdom, The Altered Hours. FREE  before 9pm  €5 after
http://breakingtunes.com /thisotherkingdom


                                                                                                                                    http://www.breakingtunes.com/constantsupply

                                                                                                                                    http://www.myspace.com/alteredhours


A BELTER OF A GIG THIS WAS, THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME ALONG AND TO CONSTANT SUPPLY, THIS OTHER KINGDOM, WHEN GOOD PETS GO BAD AND THE ALTERED HOURS FOR ALL PLAYIN A BLINDER AND MAKIN IT A GREAT NIGHT.


RTE 2FM STUDIO SESSION

THE NORTHERN DRONES IN THE 2FM STUDIO SESSION -
BROADCASTED ON MONDAY, 7 MARCH 2011
11pm-1am  RTE 2FM 90-92fm or listen online here


TRACKS PLAYED IN THE SESSION mornin lite, wont take long, solid waste, guided time, northern drone
4 OF THE TRACKS STILL AVAILABLE TO LISTEN ONLINE ON THE 2FM WEBSITE HERE 


DROP D review of AN BROG gig CORK supporting THE ALTERED HOURS

In as far as a band doing exactly what they say on the tin, you can’t do much better than The Northern Drones. They are Northern – not northern Northern, Dublin Northern – and they drone. Their music is as direct as their moniker, but by no means as simplistic. The Northern Drones wander sonically from snarl to purr, tripping and trembling into all areas in between. In March, The Northern Drones played to a half dozen shoe-gazers in Fred Zeppelins as their Cork debut, and three months later, the footwear enthusiasts have at least tripled, and look set to increase again. As each wave of thundering bravado shakes the room, it’s hard to tell when the Dublin threesome are going to charge or withdraw, and therein lies their charm. There is something involving about the band, reminiscent of the kind of pretty grunge typified by an early Jesus and Mary Chain. However, their sound does border on the lethargic, and their melodies require finer design in order to retain the room’s attention.
  9th Jun 11
                                                                 
                         

 the northern drones album named among the

 TOP 50 IRISH ALBUMS OF 2010 from the rte 2fm website here

 

                  



                                                  pint of heineken for the drones
                                                 

The Acts To Watch In 2011 from the heineken music website

by Dan Hegarty on Tue, 28 December 2010

The Northern Drones
 
Here's a band that released their debut self-titled album oh-so-quietly in December 2010. It's no frills Psychedelic Garage Rock recorded under the stairs, if you can imagine that! The good news is they're already working on album number two, which should be something truly special.
 
Tracks to check out:
'Mornin Lite'
'Northern Drone'

NEW NORTHERN DRONES ALBUM
GET IT FROM MOJO RECORDS DUBLIN
merchants arch, temple bar, dublin ireland



AND ALSO ONLINE FROM HERE
 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/northerndrones2






see no hell

                                                              new tune recorded yesterday 5/1/11
                                
                                                      



carnage - kim acrylic & the northern drones


  carnage from the album fanfare meltdown
  by kim acrylic & the northern drones

      



                 
the northern drones playin a gig with CONSTANT SUPPLY this friday 1 oct 10
slatterys rathmines dublin

ONLY A FIVER IN
ALL DRINKS DOUBLE HALF PRICE

LISTEN TO CONSTANT SUPPLY HERE
http://www.myspace.com/constantsupply















http://www.youtube.c/thenortherndrones
 

new album to be released july 2010

album delay due to the northern drones "making unreasonable demands"
http://vimeo.com/12628324



http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/katnd

Reviews

Thanks to Michael Johnson for this latest review in issue 9 of Nemesis To Go http://www.nemesis.to/records.htm

Kim Acylic & The Northern Drones
Fanfare Meltdown (Soundstudio)

An oddity, this - but an engaging one. Here we have the result of a transatlantic collaboration between Kim Acylic, a coffee house poet from Seattle, and the Northern Drones, a band from Dublin. This album, on which Kim declaims her beatnik poems over mantra-like backing music supplied by the band, was apparently put together without either party meeting in person.

You can hear the spacetime mismatch in the production, to a certain extent. Kim's vocal is down in the mix in a way that I suspect wouldn't have happened if everybody had been in the same room when the recording was made. But for all that, there's a scuzzy appeal here, and a real sense of lower east side beat-era grooviness. The band sets up a bohemian groove and dances the mess around. Kim paces through her words with deadpan deliberation. She's got exactly the right voice for her poems - the way she enunciates 'Rock 'n' roll' on the title track is worth the price of admission by itself.

Weirdly, there's no real attempt to coordinate the words and music. Sometimes, it all fades out, mid-poem, and then fades in, randomly, before vanishing again. The effect is a bit like listening to an uncharacteristically laid-back Lydia Lunch over an ill-tuned radio, through a drifting haze of hallucenogenics. It's all quite weird, but never less than compelling.

Uncle N Aug2010        http://www.nemesis.to/


                                                                                           

"Yin/yang symbiotic state"

kim acrylic-exile yourself-from the album 'fanfare meltdown'

(reviewer magazine)
June 24th, 2009
Kim Acrylic and the Northern Drones Fanfare Meltdown
Review by J. Darren Lee

Beat poetry and psychedelic rhythms is what one immediately thinks when listening to Kim Acrylic and the Northern Drones’ ‘Fanfare Meltdown” for the first time. But it is so much more than that. Influenced heavily by classic experimental bands such as The Velvet Underground, and by beat poets such as Allen Ginsberg, the music beats out a haphazard melody accompanied by the soft lilting voice of Kim Acrylic. Her poetry is deep, dark, heavy and definitely born from Kim’s life experiences as well as the darker side of Kim’s hometown of Seattle. The lyrics ooze the city’s well known dark, gloomy atmosphere of loss and struggles, whether they are personal relationships, or personal demons.
The music especially highlights the vocals in a peculiar way, in that the music itself is not what adds to the heavy darkness embodied by the lyrics. The music is light, the vocals dark in a kind of yin/yang symbiotic state that brings together a whole picture of being. With driving bass guitar and drums, and twangy guitar rhythms, the songs bring the listener on a journey of dark exploration.
However, the music seems to overpower the soft vocals at some times and drowns out Kim’s poetry as in songs like “Girl Afraid”, and sound quality is not consistent throughout the album. Other than this small production issue, fans of psychedelic experimental music will find “Fanfare Meltdown” a dark, but enjoyable musical trip. “Fanfare Meltdown” can be obtained at the band’s myspace site myspace.com/kimacrylicthedrones, or at cdbaby.com/cd/katnd.

"It's Really Good"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
newest band review
It's really good, makes me want to smoke pot, drink a little, and drone out. Right up my alley. Should I review a little first impressions? Yes, critically speaking, it sounds like old nineties underground music advanced by timeless lyrics and poetry, sometimes almost sounding like Lydia Lunch's better work, with Sonic Youth's pop sensibilities. Seemingly under produced for that old school reel to reel tape sound, though the beat marches through with twangy guitars dancing psychedelically around the slow droning bass lines, all pleasantly ditching out of typical hypnosis with Kim's beautiful poetic lyrics stabbing the surface aimlessly around a reckless cadaver's chest. Inspiring both visually and mentally, it isn't hard within a few sweet seconds to close your eyes and go to a distant fantasy. Truly thirst quenching for a dried up and redundant music scene.

Sylus Melbourne

Regarded (mainly by themselves), as an anti-pro tools band, the northern drones mostly record their music live to tape, with minimum effects and edits, with no interest in attempting to replicate the overproduced clean and stale approach favoured by some other jucks.

Usually they play drones rather than songs, sometimes repetetive, maybe hypnotic, but mostly in tune.

The drones formed in dublin 2008, when an unplanned myspace account was accidently set up. Within months the band had recruited over 40 friends, some of whom even left comments on their own personal page.

sounds like a deal - recorded live - from the northern drones album


This encouraged the band to record and upload more music, and then they became the northern drones in honour of dave northern who founded northern records in 1969.

Whatever other noises are goin on, the northern drones will continue to threaten to release records and play live or dead whenever suits them, or others.

drums J mcdaid, bass john H, guitar/voc steve L

the northern drones, over the past while, have adopted an open-door squad rotation policy, so many different musicians have recorded, jammed and played gigs with the band,
these part-time droners include seamus, corry, inga, mark, dave, dave, mick, miranda, cathy, greg, and kim acrylic.

new album is recorded and to be released on independent soundstudio label in july 2010.
...or maybe august.

TURNED OUT TO BE SEPTEMBER, BUT ITS AVAILABLE NOW FROM HERE

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/northerndrones2







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