Friday, November 10, 2006

"Thems that die'll be the lucky ones!"

The Drones (Rock)

iPod Choice: Shark Fin Blues (2005)

There's already a grand seafaring tradition in rock music: Led Zeppelin's Moby Dick, the cover of The Pogues' Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, The Waterboys' Fisherman's Blues, er, Yellow Submarine. Now this from Australia's Drones. Ahab meets Neil Young and Ned Kelly in a gripping drama of sharks, albatrosses, brotherhood and despair. Standing on deck, the water lapping at his ankles as the wreck goes down, the protagonist can only embrace his shipmates with a mighty shout as sharks circle and oblivion beckons, "Floating away on a barrel of pain". What a way to go.

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