5th April | SWX

Drenge were formed in Castleton, Derbyshire, by brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless in 2010. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2013, was a dirty, nasty slice of grunge-tinged garage-rock, full of swagger and aggression. They were Royal Blood’s scruffy, uncontrollable cousin, squatting stubbornly in the minor key and churning out lyrics like “I’m a cunt ‘cos I do what I want, and I do what I want ‘cos I can.” They were raw and exciting, and songs such as ‘Bloodsports’, ‘Backwaters’ and ‘Face Like a Skull’, were undeniable slices of brilliance.

By the time the band released their second album, Undertow, two years later, their fanbase had grown considerably, and the album reached number fourteen in the UK album chart. The addition of a bassist, Rob Graham, enabled the band to expand their sound, resulting in a more varied, yet still engrossing release. The world waited with baited breath for what might come next.

Then the band basically disappeared for two years. Some wondered if they might be done.

Now they are back. Drenge released their third album, Strange Creatures, this time as a four-piece, at the end of February. It’s a bit of a departure from the first two – more poppy, less edgy – and while the critical response has been reasonably positive, it has left more than a few long-term fans scratching their heads. Nevertheless, they remain one of the most essential acts around.

See the video for ‘Never See The Signs’ here: