“A month spent in an old mill in the under belly of France.
River swimming thrice a day.
Hot nights soundtracked by the rattle of randy frogs. Scorpion fear. In the sheets, on the face.
Hours of bird watching – no phone service. No wifi. 3 DVDs; Jurassic Park 1, 2 & 3.
Violin practice. Bread scoffing.
Early morning coffee drinking before the sun was too hot to do anything but snooze in the thick walled house. Music in the afternoon after a dip in the river and a cold beer on the square.
An album made for each other by one another with no hands, eyes or ears piercing the bubble other than that of dear friend Stephen Black who kept note of it all.”
– Cate Le Bon

“In a town, so very still and quiet.
A month in St. Hippolyte Du Fort, South France.
Where completely all of their brave young men vanished forever from the death machine of the first world war.
At one time left with only women and young girls.
Only relics of time standing still.
All the deceased names of men chiseled under a stone angel, that watches over the town square.
We set up a recording unit in an old stone mill turned house and began to write and record with the attention of tree trimmers or gardeners.
It got so hot we had to swim in a local river near by just to be able to think, then back to our home to make sounds and songs. Any sounds we could think of or wanted.
We used night sounds, night insects and used frogs as instruments. Did you know frogs have saxophones in their throats?
This is a broken music. a crumble. It’s the music of the building we called home for a month. We’ve never made & recorded music in such a simple living environment.
With all the ease, and air we needed. We were in a town 8 miles over from Robert Crumb’s hidden residence.
We lived in a mysterious place.
We had a flock of bats over for dinner many nights. No internet, or a phone to look to.
We had a beautiful big stone house, a river, and from time to time a lovely elderly yet young-hearted couple who would visit.
It was the opposite of what a typical recording experience usually is for any of us.
We tried to capture all of this and put it on record.”
– Tim Presley

“I have not listened to anything except the new Drinks album…….
At first i was like, this is a mind f**k. then i became addicted. it is totally brilliant”
– Bradford Cox (Deerhunter/Atlas Sound)


Across The Arts reviews Drinks at the CCA
Across The Arts

“ve, it becomes a ferocious, snarling beast—a perfect fusion of beauty and noise. Backed by a fantastic, propulsive rhythm section, swelling them to a quartet, Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley’s songs take on new, unexpected forms…”

Gigwise reviews Drinks live at Festival NO.6

“Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley’s collaboration Drinks were one of the last acts to play at the stunning Estuary Stage. Le Bon’s beautiful vocals soared over musical arrangements more sprawling than more of her solo canon but certainly none the worse for it…”

Far Out Magazine Interviews Drinks
Far Out Magazine

“On paper the combination of San Francisco punk turned psych-king Presley and Welsh oddball popster Le Bon sounds infinitely intriguing, but today the proof is in the pudding as the album is now available for you to earn, via Heavenly Recordings….”

Drowned In Sound reviews Drinks ‘Hermits On Holiday’
Drowned in Sound

“Despite the difference between le Bon’s and Presley’s median outputs, they produce a fresh and rich stylistic centre on Hermits on Holiday. The record is far more avant-garde than any of le Bon’s solo material, and calls on the most antisocial aspects of Presley’s…”

Music OMH reviews Drinks ‘Hermits On Holiday’
Music OMH

“Right from the outset it’s obvious that DRINKS aren’t merely picking at the best bits of the contributors’ previous work: the Californian psych-folk tinge to opener Laying Down Rock is pulled in an altogether different direction by the minimalist feel and repeating hook…”

Mystic Sons reviews Drinks ‘Hermits On Holiday’
Mystic Sons

“But now the Welsh frontwoman has teamed up with Tim Presley, better known as White Fence, to deliver their first studio album under the name DRINKS, and although they claim this is not a collaboration but a solo project with “one mouth, one set of lungs, one mind and four legs”, it certainly brings out the best of both of them…”

The 405 shares DRINKS’ video for “hermits on holiday”
The 405

Musical entity Tim Presley (White Fence) has teamed up with Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon recently decided to team up to carve out a collaborative effort in the form of Drinks. Their first single, and the name of their August-scheduled album, ‘Hermits On Holiday‘, has now received a visual treatment.

Exclaim announces Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon collaboration as Drinks

San Francisco’s Tim Presley and Welsh-born Cate Le Bon both have fruitful careers in their own right; the former has released a string of albums as White Fence, and the latter is a respected solo songwriter. Now, they’ve teamed up for a collaborative project called Drinks, with an album coming out this summer.

NPR premiers the title track from the forthcoming Drinks LP

Cate Le Bon wrote some of my favorite words of 2013 on her album Mug Museum. White Fence is the swirly psych-like music of Tim Presley. Cate and Tim are friends — Cate played guitar on a tour with White Fence — and so now there’s this: DRINKS. DRINKS has an album coming August 21 and this is the title track, called “Hermits on Holiday.”