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Drenge prove their credentials in support of Peace

Drenge brothers prove they are more than a support band and one of the best upcoming new bands


Drenge @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire  06-12-2013

“Hi, we’re Drenge and we’re from Derbyshire”.  This is one of the few sentences said by singer and guitarist Eoin Loveless in a sold out O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in support of Peace.  This is because Eoin and his younger brother  Rory prefer to concentrate on playing rock ‘n’ roll rather than speaking to the crowd. The young grunge duo played a very lively gig with hardly a break which fired up the fans from  opener “Gun Crazy”.  Heavy mosh pits followed with “I Wanna Break You In Half” and the crowd seemed to take it literally as it went wilder song after song with loads of sweat and beer floating in the air. Having released their self-titled debut LP last August, Drenge played a very vibrant set which included almost the entire album and a bunch of unreleased tracks such as “Running Wild” and “Favourite Gun”. The raw enthusiasm and velocity of their performance was very contagious as the euphoric  and raucous fans kept on jumping up down throughout the show which peaked with singles “Backwaters” and “Bloodsports”. The only moment where the crowd  took a little rest was during the first part of “Fuckabout” which displayed the most melodic and quiet side of their repertoire. The band who have previously been compared to the White Stripes and the early Black Keys showed that a duo with just  a drum kit and an electric guitar can still make a lot of noise. The Castleton siblings ended a great performance with “Face Like A Skull” and it was almost a shame they were not headlining the show but just a support slot as everybody had a good time.   Subba-Cultcha caught with Eoin after the show, read our interview
HERE Many thanks to Chris Cuff