Drones’ latest anthem for personal growth — “Learn” — is out today, providing another peek at the band’s forthcoming album Our Hell Is Right Here, which is set for release on Feb. 12 via Thousand Islands Records (North America) and Lockjaw Records (UK).
“Learn is about the desperate struggle to make a failing relationship work,” said vocalist Lois McDougall. “You can feel that it’s not right but you still care about the other person. We seem to make the same mistakes over and over by assuming we know what the other person is thinking, so communication stops. We keep trying to force a relationship to work with someone that we’re just not meant to be with. If it’s more of a struggle than not… it’s not worth it. You should never diminish any part of yourself for someone else because, ultimately, you’ll end up resenting them.”
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Crammed with high-octane, yet deeply personal, punk cuts, Our Hell Is Right Here documents a traumatic period for Lois.
“It’s been a pretty rough ride for the past couple of years,” Lois said when looking back on the journey the band have been on to get to this point. “But I struggle with claiming my problems and sadness as valid because they are disproportionate to the danger and loss that many face every day. It got to the point where I was almost ashamed to write songs about my own life.”
“However, I’m learning that personal care and self-worth is not something to be diminished. There are songs on this album that I had to write for my own therapy. Whilst writing this record, I went through a divorce, lost a family member and was battling with my own mental health. At the same time, it felt like the world was falling apart. Our Hell Is Right Here is the product of my experiences over the past few months. There’s a lot of sadness on this record, but I can now look back and celebrate who I have become in spite of it all,” she added.