This week, UK duo Drenge released “Outside” and debuted a video for the track “Before The War Begins”. Both songs are lifted from their forthcoming Autonomy EP, a new four track collection due for release on October 5th via Infectious Music.
“Medicine, the justice system and bad architecture get the Drenge treatment,” say the band of ‘Outside’. “Whilst the rhythm section try to find some order amid all the ranting and discordant guitars.”
“For Before the War Begins we sent our research robot, DR3-NG3, to look for civilisation on a distant planet. We have been working on developing the robot over the past three years and this is his first intergalactic mission. Naturally, we’ve had to keep our work top secret to avoid being copied or beaten by other music industry space programmes, and we feel like the resulting video is worthwhile proof of our exciting work.”
Drenge are Eoin Loveless and Rory Loveless, from Castleton, Derbyshire. The duo have released two albums, Drenge (2013) and Undertow (2015), headlined shows worldwide and toured with the likes of Wolf Alice, the Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys.
Drenge recently headlined Deer Shed and Truck Festival. They have just been announced as headliners at Sŵn Festival in Cardiff this October.
Hailing from the English village of Castleton, the Loveless brothers took the name Drenge from the Danish word for “boys” because they liked its sound. Establishing the group in the early 2010s with Eoin on lead guitar and vocals and Rory on drums, their raw, assertive sound was cultivated from the rural terrain and their desire to escape from it. Drawing upon related themes of boredom and rage, the duo released a series of singles on Infectious Records throughout 2013 to critical acclaim. The brothers soon found themselves in the headlines when British Labour MP Tom Watson name-checked them in his resignation letter from the Shadow Cabinet in July 2013.
Following their first headlining tour, the brothers relocated to Sheffield and recorded their second LP with bassist Ron Graham. Their American television debut came on the Late Show with David Letterman in January 2015. Drenge’s second album, Undertow, arrived in April of that year, also via Infectious Records, and debuted at number 14 in the U.K. Subsequent tours in support of the album included Graham.
The group returned in 2018 with the EP Autonomy, their third straight release with producer Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, the Fall).