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.
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