Eoin & Rory Loveless are brothers in their early twenties from Castleton in Derbyshire, England. The youngins perform brutally honest, aggressive, bare-boned songs as a duo. Both equally talented musicians, Eoin pumps out riffs on guitar and sings while Rory plays the drums and sings backup. Drenge released a self titled album early in 2013 and have been playing it to crowds in rock clubs and at festivals extensively in the U.K and in the U.S for the better part of the past year. There’s this inherent hostile, confident masculinity that’s recognizable when Drenge performs, which makes sense considering their name is derived from the Danish word for boy.
Drenge’s sound is back to the basics and fundamental aspects of rock n’ roll. Their music confronts our animal within and exposes the cavernous, ugly side of human nature. A stripped down, no flair sensibility is paired with humdrum, apathetic la la la’s and clever yet malevolent lyrics like in their song I Want To Break Out In Half; “Can I have a minute of your time? I’d love to waste it. I wanna meet you in the middle of the night, I want you to hate it.” While many in the mainstream and beyond are writing desperate love songs and sexually charged cries for the sanctity of relationships, Drenge is composing repulsed substance entitled I Don’t Want To Make Love To You and People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck. This hatred that resides in Eoin and Rory’s songs is not present their interactions on stage. Brotherly love manifests itself in thrown water and cups but they swear, “It gets hot on stage, it’s all for love, trust me”.
What the lads of Drenge lack in age doesn’t take away from the maturity of their material. The crowd at Mercury Lounge this Friday night was a mixture of young and old, but the banding of youth was evident. Although it is incredible to see a very accessible band with such talent and taste have young fans, the lads have expressed their frustrations with how drinking laws (18+ or 21+ depending on the country) affect their access to their fans, “There is no joy in playing a show you know your fans would love to watch but they can’t because they’re “too young”.” While these limitations are a major bummer, Drenge continues to take out their frustrations on their music and make ominous, moody tunes with walls of noise and feedback, lots of dangling eye balls, bloody tongues, missing teeth, and angst.
Article by: Jenna Pinch