“Effortlessly cool” is a term bandied about quite a bit these days, but is justly used in describing Derbyshire duo, Drenge.
For starters, the brothers are genuinely named Eoin and Rory Loveless (yes really!), and their short, sharp shock of a debut LP rattles and shakes like a Josh Homme and Jack White love child.
Syncing Queens of the Stone Age swagger with Stripes licks, the dizzying concoction of blues rock is laced with “don’t give a sh*t lyrics: “I wanna make you p*ss in your pants” is probably the best chorus since Joey Ramone threatened to inhale intoxicative.
Fan favourites ‘Dogmeat’ and ‘Bloodsports’ sound just like their titles: raw and dirty.
With most songs on their eponymous debut album barely grazing the two-minute mark, Drenge the album is garage rock at its most primal.
But don’t be fooled, bloody noses and dirty knees aside, Drenge do have a sensitive side. ‘Let’s Pretend’ is heartbreakingly beautiful, and hints at the depth beneath their turbulent exterior.
Being branded “awesome” by UK Labour MP Tom Watson back in July threatened to consign the brothers to un-coolness before they’d even released a record, but the Loveless brothers shrugged it off, confessing they were “not totally overjoyed” with the endorsement, in sharp contrast to fellow sibling-songsmiths Haim, who were recently spotted cosying up to British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Former touring mates of The Cribs and Deap Vally, Drenge’s upcoming gig in the Academy 2 threatens to be an anarchic affair – prepare to get your Converse-clad toes trod on.