Steven Adams & The French Drops

About

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.”

 

Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine ShahCara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.

 

It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band, generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”

“National musical treasure has a great new band, who take to the motoric on this live standout”
– The Guardian

“Now he lives in Walthamstow, which has become terribly trendy. Still, he maintains a fine line in songwriting”
– Record Collector

“barbed modern life chronicles”
– Uncut

“astonishing tenderness in its simplicity … brilliant lyrics”
– Q Magazine

Listen

About

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.”

 

Though the band worked on the songs for several months, the album was recorded in a little over a week, in September 2017, at Half Ton Studios in Cambridge. It was produced by Ben Nicholls, who plays with Nadine ShahCara Dillon, and many others, as well as helming his own Kings of the South Seas project. Adams was initially ambivalent about having a producer on board, but “Ben’s head is full of music. He came to a rehearsal and started making the occasional suggestion about songs and arrangements. At first we were a bit freaked out, but everything he suggested worked. In the studio he was in charge, which was oddly liberating.” The album was then mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer (and Hudson Records supremo) Andy Bell.

 

It’s over 16 years since Adams started making music with The Broken Family Band, generating critical acclaim with each subsequent release and maintaining a dedicated cult following ever since. So, all these years later – having been called a national treasure enough times to fill a pirate’s chest, without ever having become an actual pop star – why does Steven Adams still do it? “I write songs and I play them and I try not to overthink it or to feel reliant on this for anything other than what it is; sounds, words, feelings, and an excuse to hang out with good people. That’s virtue signaling, in case anyone asks.”

“National musical treasure has a great new band, who take to the motoric on this live standout”
– The Guardian

“Now he lives in Walthamstow, which has become terribly trendy. Still, he maintains a fine line in songwriting”
– Record Collector

“barbed modern life chronicles”
– Uncut

“astonishing tenderness in its simplicity … brilliant lyrics”
– Q Magazine

Featured Release

Steven Adams & The French Drops
Virtue Signals

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... Go to Product →

Track List

  • Bad Apples
  • Paul
  • Ex Future
  • Last Century’s Man
  • Imprinted
  • Wolves in the Echo Chamber
  • A Joke
  • Free Will
  • Patterns

Tour Dates

Your cart

Total
GBP
Shipping and discount codes are added at checkout.