Originating from the quiet hills of the Hope Valley, Derbyshire, Drenge are a two man noise-rock outfit, that are tearing up venues across the British gig circuit.
Since laying their first gig to a packed out house party in September of 2010, brothers Eoin (Guitar/Vocals) and Rory Loveless(Drums) have exploded onto the rock scene, earning themselves a support slot on the Mystery Jets November 2012 UK tour.
The pair have also landed themselves a gig at the trendy London HQ of Vice magazine-The Old Blue Last.
Début single “people in love, make me feel yuck” is an aural assault of abrasive guitar licks and chaotic drums, Eoins vocal delivery is incredibly intensive and powerful. It is comparable to the sounds of such classic US punk acts as the Stooges.
The Lo-Fi aesthetic transfers to their DIY videos, which include the lads causing shenanigans in a Sheffield home ware store, and in a phone box.
LMS had the opportunity to speak to drummer Rory Loveless, earlier this week, here is how it went:
How did the band begin?
We’ve played music together since we were young, learning piano, playing Keane covers to empty village halls and got bored enough to start doing our own stuff.
What was your first gig as Drenge, and which gig has been your favorite?
Our first gig was at the Redhouse in Sheffield, which was completely empty except for a space metal enthusiast who dressed like a wizard. It was a baptism by fire.
Favourite gig has to be when we played the Devil’s Arse cavern, this huge cave right outside our house, cos we didn’t have to get on a bus to Sheffield with our gear and it was in a cave!
Who would you say are your main influences musically?
I don’t know, we’re just finding new stuff all the time and now and then a song comes through. I’ve been listening to Goat’s new album, Temples and the SSX Tricky Soundtrack.
You have just finished doing a few dates with the Mystery Jets, how did that go?
I don’t think we were what their crowd was expecting but it was so much fun, we got to play the Ritz in Manchester which is massive!
Could you tell us a bit about your next release?
Hopefully we’ll get the next track up in mid February…. We’re lazy though. But we want to put it up as much as you do or don’t
Finally, any plans to play in Lincoln in the new year?
Nothing in the diary, but I’ve got a lot of time for Lincoln. I heard it’s got the tallest cathedral in the world, which is quite impressive.
The Freefall have been described as THE new band of the Midlands, their ever-increasing popularity stemming from their highly unique blend of emotion and inspirational lyrics.
The four-man band, underwent a name change, formally known as ‘Before the Fall’, a number of months after establishing themselves properly as a professional band, which is a tough ordeal especially when just setting out, however they are certain the name change was the right decision for them.
The band consists of Ant Macandrew (24), Scott Ballard (28), Josh Batchford (22) and Ben Selfridge (22), who have all been involved in music from their early teen years. The lads are all relatively local, from areas surrounding Lincoln and Newark, all with similar tastes in music and all share the same amount of love and passion for their band.
Since February 2012 they have done nothing but grow, and in October they released their debut album, ‘What’s Love?’ and with a European tour lined up in November they are definitely a band to watch out for in 2013.
I managed to get a quick interview the lead vocalist Ant Macandrew, (24).
What influenced you guys to start the band? Was it a childhood dream or did you kind of fall into it?
We have all been in various bands and trying to make the best of ourselves for years, but this unit we have is more special than what we have ever had separately. We feel we have found the sound we are looking for and want to share our creative talents with the world! Cheesy I know, but we do love performing and playing and really want to get our experiences of life out there through our songs.
Awh, that’s lovely! And extremely cheesy. So, you must all have some influence for your genre of music?
For me personally, I’m influenced by Kings of Leon, 30 seconds to mars and the script.
Excellent taste, I must say. They’re all very successful in the music industry, what big things can we expect from you guys?
We are constantly working hard to invest every bit of money we make back into the band, we never take any ourselves because we want to put it all into merch/advertisement and expenses, we have a big tour coming up in Belgium in November called bands in schools and the album is out 23rd in Newark at the navigation!
I have to say these guys are really ones to watch, really down to earth local guys who put everything into their passion. If you ever get a chance to see them, do so without hesitation!
I caught up with The Enemy’s Andy Hopkins ahead of their gig at Lincoln’s student union venue, The Engine Shed.
I caught up with The Dollyrots backstage at the Nottingham stop of their UK tour with Bowling For Soup!
I caught up with Nottingham-based punk band, The Angry Seed following the release of their latest EP, ‘The Living Dead’.
I caught up with Bowling for Soup’s bass player, Erik Chandler backstage at the Nottingham stop of their ‘One Big Happy’ tour.
The competition, which was held at Home started out with three categories. That was the idea at the start but it ended up being open just for musicians as there wasn’t much interest in the other two categories.
Josh Kaye is a Biomedical Science student who has a passion for singing and playing music. I had a chat with him about his experiences and went along to watch him perform in the final.
Josh heard about the competition from a member of staff at Home “my friend Joey who works at the club basically roped me into it, they were short of people to perform one week so I thought I’d do him a favour by filling up the numbers”.
Through each stage of the competition prizes were given to those who made it through that particular round. The prize for the overall competition was £1000”. When asked what he would have spent the money on Josh had this to say “basically I would throw a massive party for everyone, and supply all the alcohol”, probably not the most productive direction but oh well.
I asked Josh what kind of music he enjoyed performing “just covers, anything that takes my fancy and that I can sing half decent! It’s got to be music I like though, and I like to throw in a cheeky surprise each week.
In the final Josh sang Bob Dylan – ‘All Along The Watchtower’, Bill Withers – ‘Aint No Sunshine’, Black Keys – ‘Tighten Up’, Outkast – ‘Roses’ and City and Colour – ‘Body In a Box’.
After his performance at the Accelerate Conference in October, I caught up with Breaker to chat about his roots, current productions and his future at GL360.