Drone Empire

Need some really solid punk rock? Check out Adaje’s 2010 effort, “Drone Empire” on Bandcamp! They’ve had a couple other albums since this one, but I think this is the best first exposure if you haven’t heard of Adaje before. It’s twelve tracks, and you can download it at the price of your choice from their Bandcamp.

These songs hit hard, the vocals are intense, but it’s still melodic enough to be catchy, understandable, and relatable. The first track is a great example of this. It’s called “Sincerely,” and they totally scream the whole time while still remaining dynamic, tasteful and in touch with listeners.

“The West Is Where We Will Be” is my personal favorite on this album. The guitar work is especially impressive on this one, and the overall song structure is very mature. The drums are tasteful and sparse, and the song spends a good deal of time building before becoming a full on, almost post-rock blow out. Spoken word enters the picture at about a minute and a half and really hits hard. This song is vague but somehow immediately relatable. These ideas are universal.

If you haven’t heard of Adaje, go check them out! If you’re near Memphis, find them at a show. Listen to Drone Empire, and then check out the couple of splits they released in 2011 and 2012. There’s a lot of variety in this band’s collection, and all of it is worth listening to. There are hints of many great influences here.