Perth, Australia, has a reputation as being one of the most isolated major cities in the world, with most of a continent separating it from Australia's other big population centers and the vastness of the Indian Ocean facing it on the other side.
Little wonder perhaps that the Drones initially formed on the basis of two people getting out of town in 2000. Guitarist/singer Gareth Liddiard and guitarist Rui Pereira, formerly of the Gutterville Splendour Six, had gained some attention -even a bit of John Peel airplay- but felt that the music scene was dying on its legs and, after an abortive first version of the group, relocated to the east, first to Sydney and then to Melbourne. Local advertising turned up drummer Chris Strybosch, formerly of the Stunt Car Drivers, while bassist Fiona Kitchin was invited to join them there, so she made the trip from Perth as well.
The inspired combination resulted in even more inspired music, hot-wiring a frenetic blues/trash-rock heritage in the vein of earlier Australian legends with similar overseas inspirations, with Liddiard's often extreme vocals the killer touch.