Swampy, fuzzy rock from Sheffield’s best

Hailing from Sheffield, blues duo Drenge put on a gritty, noisy show in Dublin’s suitably low-key Academy 2 last Saturday.

The two-piece treated the mismatched audience of drunks, old fogies and teens to a brief but exciting set of tunes from their recently-released, self-titled debut album that echoes the sound of White Stripes and the Ramones, and draws influence from Britpop and metal.

For the most part, the Loveless brothers (Eoin on vocals and guitar and Rory on drums) gave punters the chance to rejoice in some primal, fuzzy garage rock (‘Backwaters’) – but occasionally the band took things down a notch and let the crowd sway and get lost in their dreamy numbers (‘Let’s Pretend’ and 'F**kabout').

An enthusiastic, all too short set (that ended up in an group hug from the pissed revellers crushed up at the front) left the Dublin audience hungry for more.

We hope these boys return to Ireland soon – they would go down an absolute treat at a festival.

You can download Drenge's debut album here.