The Drones started out in the Manchester area in 1974 as a Glam Rock outfit called Rockslide, releasing a lone single ‘Jump Bump Boogaloo’ / ‘Roller Coaster’ in October 1975, before reinvented themselves as a punk rock band the following year. The Drones then relocated to London and became one of the pioneering punk bands that performed in the first few months of the now-legendary Roxy Club. They supported The Vibrators in January 1977, headlined in February, and supported X-Ray Spex and Chelsea in March. Later that year they supported The Stranglers on a full UK tour, and appeared on two influential early punk compilation albums ‘Streets’ and ‘Short Circuit: Live at the Electric Circus’. Their debut EP, ‘Temptations Of A White Collar Worker’ (1977), was described by one reviewer as “classic dole-queue punk.” In October 1977, their second single, ‘Just Wanna Be Myself’ / ‘Bone Idol’, was released, and on 6th December they recorded a session at Maida Vale 4 studio for John Peel. Later that month, they released their debut album on Valer Records, ‘Further Temptations’, produced by Simon Humphrey, and now regarded by many as a punk classic.
We’re here…..we’re here….the change….
Wispa, of course, continues to lead the band, play bass & sing. The Drones now are Wispa…..Wispa is the Drones!
The new drummer is Brain Grantham. “Mad Muffet” from Slaughter & the Dogs, The new lead guitarist is Al Crosby, who also plays in Ed Banger & the Nosebleeds with…..Brian Grantham!
Al & Brian are old collaborators, having played together in the early 90s Manchester street punk band Born Idle who played with Sham 69, the Damned, UK Subs, Jayne County and many others including a certain date at the Manchester Star & Garter supporting…..The Drones!
The band are now in rehearsals, and are writing new material with a view to releasing a showcase EP early next year.
The new stuff is being honed to sound like the Drones should sound. Loud, dynamic, and brutally honest. This band has a sound, a legacy, and a reputation, and the Drones will continue to build on that platform. Expect crushing punk rock, tireless rock ‘n’ roll rhythms kicked apart by snarling, subversive, yet clever vocals. Expect naggingly compulsive, in your face face songs that speak about truth, modern Britain and flagrant urgent issues.
With support from Benefit State & Age and Mistakes (Holland)
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