Droids Blood – Be Free (Drunken Sailor Records, 2019)

Droids Blood are from Chicago, and are apparently a new iteration of the band Broken Prayer, a previous project of vocalist Scott Plant and drummer Nick Donahue. Not having been aware of Broken Prayer, I now feel I need to investigate. Probably another example of me being super-uncool. Probably about as close to being Superman as I’ll get, but fuck that dude, he’s the ultimate posterboy for being a clean-shirt.

So what’s the deal then? Does this sound like C3P0 being dismantled by a pack of unruly Ugnaughts? Well, to put it plainly, although this sounds like a classy prospect, it does not sound like that. However, I think if I was to attempt some kind of comparison I’d be heading down the route of Flipper, Fugazi, Roddy Bottum from Faith No More and Vangelis in some kind of ritual chainsaw combat. I’m aware that I often make spurious statements of this kind. It’s just kind of how I explain stuff to myself that I barely understand or something. The important thing to take away from this, is that this is cool as fuck, mate. When you add in Scott Plant’s vocal, which remind me somewhat of something between Dan Yemin of Paint It Black and Jeff Pezatti from Naked Raygun, it’s quite the concoction.

pic: Thaib Wahab

Once again, Julian has demonstrated a talent for choosing his Drunken Sailor releases very wisely. With Be Free, the overall quality of releases on this label remain as high as ever, and as I’ve come to expect. Tony of Nurgle rating: 9.5/10.

Have a blast on the bandcamp player below, dickhead:

You can get this on either turquoise or black vinyl from the Drunken Sailor Records webstore

You can hear more from Droids Blood on their bandcamp page

Tony of Nurgle is a true child of the North, recently returned to Yorkshire and residing in Leeds (after close to a decade living in exile in Croydon and South East London). He used to co-run a specialist record store in Manchester (Roadkill Records), and also several years as a promoter, and put on shows for the likes of Leatherface, the Loved Ones, Lucero, Minus The Bear, These Arms Are Snakes, Spy vs Spy, Latterman etc. He also spent several years DJing at shady rock clubs in Manchester, and started the infamous Thursday night "punk room" at Jilly's Rockworld. Also responsible for Middle Finger Response, and collaborated with a couple of friends on a monthly night called Refuse to Lose, which will still occasionally reunite the original DJ line-up - next event at Retro in Manchester on 07/09/2019. Apart from that, it's all bitterness and a jaundiced view of human nature, occasionally skateboarding, always exhausted, often reading books with maps in the front.

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