Backwaters by Drenge (Review)

Review of Drenge New Single Backwaters

Released 1st July on Mad Mark / Infectious Records.

With a sound that’s a cross over between The Damned and The Black Keys, Drenge have one of the freshest sounds on the rock circuit right now.  I’ve listened to every track these guys have released and every one is a killer.  Since 2010 they have been tearing up gigs across the UK and are fast building a strong following. One of the most exciting rock bands I have had the pleasure of listening to since Waves Of Fury released ‘Thirst’ last year.

backwaters by drenge

Review of Backwaters by Drenge

Originating from the quiet hills of the Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Drenge are brothers Eoin Loveless (Guitar/Vocals) and Rory Loveless (Drums).   The lads have played music together since they were young, learning piano, playing Keane covers to empty village halls and eventually got bored enough to start doing their own stuff.

After signing to Infectious, they unleashed their debut single ‘Bloodsports‘, a breathless and thrilling jolt of unadulterated punk rock which won them ardent supporters on radio, rabid fans at press and tours with The Cribs, Deap Vally, Fidlar and Temples, as well as slots at every festival that matters this summer.

The new single ‘Backwaters’ is made up of the tracks ‘Backwaters’ and ‘Necromance Is Dead’.  A double-A side for me.  Both tracks are killers.  ‘Backwaters’ is a great rock track and would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best rock releases out there now.  ‘Necromance Is Dead’ is a punchy punk machine gun of a song strung out by great vocals.  For anyone who likes real  rock music this is a must-add to your collection.

Make sure not to miss out on Drenge this summer, as they head out on their own headline dates across the UK and spots at festivals such as Reading and Leeds, Bestival, Glastonbury and more.

Their upcoming gigs are:


Sat 1st / SHEFFIELD / The Harley

Tue 4th / BIRMINGHAM / Hare and Hounds 2

Wed 5th / LONDON / Barfly

Thurs 6th / SOUTHAMPTON / The Joiners

Fri 7th / BRISTOL / Louisiana

Fri 21st / HILVARENBEEK (NETHERLANDS) / Best Kep Secret Festival

Sat 29th / GLASTONBURY / Glastonbury Festival


Fri 5th / PADDOCK WOODS / Hop Farm Festival

Sat 6th / LONDON / Hyde Park with Rolling Stones

Sat 6th / WINCHESTER / Blissfields Festival

Sat 13th / HERK DE STAD (BELGIUM) / Rock Herk – main stage

Sat 20th / SOUTHWOLD / Latitude Festival

Sun 21st / DUBLIN / Longitude Festival

Sun 28th / KENDAL / Kendal Calling


Sat 3rd / PIKEHALL / Y Not Festival

Fri 9th / NEWQUAY / Boardmasters

Sun 18th / SKIPTON / Beacons Festival

Sat 24th / READING / Reading Festival

Sun 25th / LEEDS / Leeds Festival


Fri 6th / ISLE OF WIGHT / Bestival

Review by Doug Duffin


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