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More gems from Drenge

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted April 02, 2015
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Straight outta Derbyshire: With a band called Drenge. © pit pony photography

We've just listened to Drenge's new album 'Undertow' and it's very good indeed.

The Rake & Herald's all-time favourite sibling-consisting Derbyshire-based noise duo Drenge are all poised to unleash their second album, Undertow, this coming Monday (6/4/15).

But if, like us, you don't want to have to wait that long to hear their latest offering then have a click of this because Eoin Loveless (guitar and vocals) and his younger brother Rory (drums) have bunged it up on SoundCloud, where you can listen to it this very minute.

Which is rather kind of them, really.

"Recorded on drizzly autumn afternoons over the space of a couple of months, we've got a record jam-packed with car chases, nervous exhaustion, sonic bluster and a couple of half-decent pop tunes thrown in for good measure," the Loveless bruvs exclusively email the Rake & Herald and everybody else on their probably pretty extensive mailing list, which you can sign up to for various goodies and treats and the like here.

"We're incredibly proud of this record and I hope you find it as rewarding to listen to as it was for us to make," they say.

And believe me, we do.

In fact, that Rake bloke hasn't stopped playing it all day, threatening me with a hammer if I don't write up his spittle-soaked whiskey ramblings as he jabbers on like the right twunt he is.

"I bloody love Drenge," he gushes like some big fat middle-aged schoolgirl.

"When their eponymous first album came out [in August 2013], I ran [read waddled] down to my local record shop and bought a copy on CD."

"With my own money I found down a sofa," he adds all smug.

"I didn't even bother to twock it off the shelves I was so adamant that they deserved some cash for their efforts."

"At the time, due to my record collection having been hocked for booze, I only had one other CD, so I ended up playing that Drenge one over and over again until the neighbours kicked the door down and beat me to a pulp."

"Obviously, I haven't had quite the same length of time to pore over this new album, but I've already had it on loop for hours and to be honest, I'm not disappointed in the least."

"Some people might not like it because that's the way of the world, plus they've added bass to some of it so perhaps some'll see them as Judases worse than Dylan out of the Magic Roundabout learning the bagpipes or going electric or whatever it was he did back in the hippy days, but the end result still beats the crap out of the arse wad you hear queuing down the offie these days."

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Guitar hero: Eoin doing his thing. © pit pony photography

"To be honest, after the power and quality of their début disc I was a tad concerned that they might have fizzled out or, worse still, gone all 'studio production' on us."

"Admittedly, when I first heard it it did sound a little slicker than the first but then I cranked up the volume and I can happily attest that it's still got the raw energy of the first and can definitely hold its own against such established gems as Dogmeat; Blood Sports; I Want to Break You in Half; tramping anthem Backwaters; and that old wedding reception favourite People in Love Make Me Feel Yuk."

"Eoin's guitar is still big and bold and Rory's drumming is still relentlessly thumping."

"Take, for example, We Can Do What We Want, which is a pretty up-tempo rocky number about fishing in a reservoir without a licence or something, probably, and Favourite Son, which is a proper monster of a tune."

Or, to ignore Rakey for a minute and use the words of a different email we received from Drenge a week or so ago, "Favourite Son is a really snotty garage song that we wrote in a couple of minutes a few summers ago".

The song, the email continues, "is a comment on brotherhood, favouritism and sexuality" and was "partly inspired by Pier Paolo Pasolini's film Teorema", whatever that is.

But then, from what we here at the Rake & Herald gather, Drenge are pretty big into their films and I don't mean vacuous Hollywood crap, like Beverly Hills Cop or Police Academy Seven: Mission to Moscow, either.

In fact, the band's very name Drenge, if I've got my facts right, comes from some Danish film about, I dunno, a Beverly Hills cop going to Russia, or something.

But probably in black and white with subtitles.

Anyway, Favourite Son, so the email continues, "is set in August, just before summer winds down and the heat and sticky drunkenness of the season results in stupid half-thought-out comments".

What's more, "it's an instant download if you pre-order the new record on iTunes.

So there.

Now back to that fat twat who pays my 'wages'.

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And Rory doing his: But where's his face gone? © pit pony photography

"Rake & Herald executive editor Wolfgang Bang once described [Drenge] as sounding like a cross between the Smiths and Hüsker Dü," he prattles on as if care.

"Personally, I'm not too sure about that because the Smiths were much more jangly and I don't really hear much in the way of Johnny Marr in Eoin's chord crunching."

"Or maybe he was on about the lyrics?"


"If anything, there are parts in such tracks as Never Awake that make me think of Ride with a touch of the Sabbath, while Running Wild has a few guitar twangs that sound a bit 80s gothic but this ain't a load of Neph fans wearing cowboy hats and trying to look or sound all mysterious."

"Instead, it's a winning mixture of some pretty bare-knuckle rock with brooding elements of impending menace, typified in particular by the instrumental title track, Undertow, and the dirty energy of The Snake, plus some pretty good lyrics to boot, such as the line in The Woods that states: 'My mind's kinda blurry like a VHS'."

"Anyway, to sum up, Undertow is a bloody top-bollock album and the Loveless brothers can be well chuffed with themselves for what they've achieved."

"In fact, I'd recommend anyone reading this buy a copy the moment it goes on sale."

"Full marks from this punter," he slurs, sliding off his seat into a puddle.

And now that he's finally passed out, it's my duty to tell you, yes YOU, the cherished and beloved readers of the Rake & Herald, that Drenge have got a fair few gigs, record signings and similar performances/appearances lined up over the next month or so as might well be expected given that they're releasing a new album.

In fact, I'm pretty sure I read that they've even got a load of dates coming up in the States in June.

Or did I dream that?

Either way, have a click of this, this and this to find out when and where you can catch them doing their thing in person.

But before you do, first have a watch/listen of/to the following vids for Favourite Son, Never Awake (both audio only) and We Can Do What We Want, embedded here on the tune-tastic Rake & Herald from Drenge's YouTube channel, which you can check out here.

Just don't, in the words of the first-quoted email, listen to them "on your laptop speakers".

This kind of music deserves a bit of volume.

Just ask the guy on nights next door.

See also Virtual Trouser tramps to Drenge, posted 12/8/13.

Sandi Toxic
was raised by wolves inside a disused clay pit near Lanjeth. You can befriend her on FaceBook here. She is still quite feral.

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