London quintet Drones have announced their sophomore record Our Hell Is Right Here, scheduled to be released on February 12, 2021 via Thousand Islands Records. Along with the news, the band has also dropped the title track for it featuring Ren Aldridge (from Petrol Girls). It’s an explosive banger and we’re totally blasting it unapologetically:
“It’s been a pretty rough ride for the past couple of years,” reflects vocalist Lois McDougall when looking back at the album. “But I struggle with claiming my problems and sadness as valid because they are disproportionate to the danger and loss that many face every day. It got to the point where I was almost ashamed to write songs about my own life. However, I’m learning that personal care and self-worth is not something to be diminished. There are songs on this album that I had to write for my own therapy. Whilst writing this record, I went through a divorce, lost a family member and was battling with my own mental health. At the same time, it felt like the world was falling apart. ‘Our Hell Is Right Here’ is the product of my experiences over the past few months. There’s a lot of sadness on this record, but I can now look back and celebrate who I have become in spite of it all.”
“It’s been a pretty turbulent recording process,” Tim also reflected. “We finished writing the record in January, but it’s been an usually long process due to all the twists and turns that 2020 has thrown at us! We’ve been spread apart all over the country, but there’s also been a national lockdown and we lost a guitarist at the tail-end of the process. So the different stages of recording were drawn out across the year, with Lois visiting to finish her parts around five months after the drums and guitars were recorded. There were never more than two of us in a room at any given stage of making this album but it doesn’t feel disjointed at all – in fact, in the face of adversity, it’s our fullest sounding record yet. That being said, I do hope we don’t have to produce the next album via Zoom again!”
We sincerely hope we don’t have to socialize, party, celebrate birthdays, or learn how to make a latte via Zoom again in the post-pandemic world.