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EDITORS’ NOTES

Drenge are two brothers from a small town in England; they started making music together in high school. Eoin Loveless’ grungy, fuzzy guitars roil and shudder with a Black Sabbath/Nirvana kind of intensity, and drummer Rory’s foundations are so solid you might think you hear a bassline in the mix. Drenge opens with “People in Love Make Me Feel Yuck”; Eoin’s sardonic delivery cuts through the thick guitar buzz with lines like “We have no redeeming features/Just a desperate streak,” riding atop a lazy, slightly boogie-rock–infused rhythm before the title is chanted at song’s end with a kind of weary recognition. Their youthful dissing of everyday life (“Dogmeat”) and their more solemn observances of same (“Backwaters”), their successful stab at a dirge-ballad (“Let’s Pretend”) and hilarious riposte of Willie Dixon’s classic “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” (“I Don’t Wanna…”) all show that the brothers Loveless have clearly done some rock ’n’ roll homework. Then they shredded it through their teenaged-id filters with the throttle wide open. There's excellent production here, especially on the refreshingly crisp and upfront vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Drenge are two brothers from a small town in England; they started making music together in high school. Eoin Loveless’ grungy, fuzzy guitars roil and shudder with a Black Sabbath/Nirvana kind of intensity, and drummer Rory’s foundations are so solid you might think you hear a bassline in the mix. Drenge opens with “People in Love Make Me Feel Yuck”; Eoin’s sardonic delivery cuts through the thick guitar buzz with lines like “We have no redeeming features/Just a desperate streak,” riding atop a lazy, slightly boogie-rock–infused rhythm before the title is chanted at song’s end with a kind of weary recognition. Their youthful dissing of everyday life (“Dogmeat”) and their more solemn observances of same (“Backwaters”), their successful stab at a dirge-ballad (“Let’s Pretend”) and hilarious riposte of Willie Dixon’s classic “I Just Wanna Make Love to You” (“I Don’t Wanna…”) all show that the brothers Loveless have clearly done some rock ’n’ roll homework. Then they shredded it through their teenaged-id filters with the throttle wide open. There's excellent production here, especially on the refreshingly crisp and upfront vocals.

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About Drenge

Hailing from the English village of Castleton, brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless formed Drenge (taken from the Danish word for "boys") whilst in their mid-teens. With Eoin on lead guitar and vocals and Rory on drums, their raw grunge-inspired blues pop sound was cultivated from the countryside landscape and their desire to escape from it. Drawing upon similar themes of boredom and rage, the brothers released a clutch of singles on Infectious Records throughout 2013 to critical acclaim. The brothers soon found themselves surprisingly in the headlines when British Labour MP Tom Watson name checked them in his resignation letter from the Shadow Cabinet in July 2013. The pair embarked on an extensive tour schedule that year too, with appearances at Glastonbury Festival and Latitude being well-received. Their self-titled debut album was released in August 2013. Following their first headlining tour, Drenge recorded their second LP Undertow which they announced after making their American television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman in January 2015. Undertow arriveded three months later in April of that year. ~ Aneet Nijjar

  • ORIGIN
    Castleton, Derbyshire
  • FORMED
    2011

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