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2-5 days
Genre
Indie, Alternative
Label
Hudson Records
Released
May 4, 2018

Format: Vinyl (LP)

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Description

Hudson Records is proud to release 'Virtue Signals' by Steven Adams & The French Drops

Anger seldom sounds as enticing as it does on Virtue Signals. Steven Adams's first with his new group, The French Drops is an album that rails against the iniquities of the world and meshes the personal with the political, without ever smacking the listener around the head. Adams (former songwriter/singer/guitarist with The Broken Family Band and Singing Adams) can't help but be witty and empathetic even as he rages, and the fury is wrapped inside his characteristically sweet melodies.

The album's tone is set from opening track, "Bad Apples", a song addressing flag-waving, aggressive patriots. The lyrics are alternately playful and oblique, in the spirit of songwriters like John Lennon or Britt Daniel from Spoon. Where Adams aims to remove ambiguity and play with metaphor, as with "Ex Future", the opacity of his writing means he doesn't descend into cliché, and the meaning often becomes clearer with each listen.

Following a few years of performing and recording solo (see 2014's House Music and 2016's Old Magick), Adams says he wanted to put together "a band where everyone was following their noses. I've been calling the shots for ages now, and now I can lean on these people, make more noise. It's fair to say we share a lot of the same thoughts and feelings about the state of the world. But mostly we talk about food." Laurie Earle (Absentee, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Wet Paint) plays guitar with a loose, intuitive touch; Michael Wood ? who had played bass with The Singing Adams ? switches to keyboards here, while Daniel Fordham (drums) and David Stewart (bass) from The Drink complete the band.

For fans of: Field Music, Pavement, Spoon, Grandaddy, Teleman.

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number HUD010LP
Barcode 5056032313873
Number of items 1
Packaging type Slip Sleeve
Imported No
Weight 250g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 302mm x 3mm x 302mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1, Side 1

Song Title Time
1. Bad Apples -
2. Paul -
3. Ex Future -
4. Last Century's Man -
5. Imprinted -

Track Listing — Disc 1, Side 2

Song Title Time
1. Wolves in the Echo Chamber -
2. A Joke -
3. Free Will -
4. Patterns -