By any measure, 2013 was a triumphant one for Drenge. Starting off as hotly buzzed about newcomers from Castleton, the year then saw Eoin and Rory Loveless release a critically acclaimed debut (one which ended up in end of year lists from the likes of NME, The Fly, This is Fake DIY and more), play every summer festival going (everything from Glastonbury to a show at Hyde Park with the Rolling Stones) and develop a reputation as one of the most electrifying new British prospects around.
2014, then, seems very much theirs for the taking, all the more so with the announcement of two NME award nominations for Best New Band and Best Album. In the spring they are heading to conquer US audiences with their distinctive brand of thrillingly reckless punk rock, a journey which will also take in SXSW in March. They then release their newest single "Fuckabout" - which is probably as close to a ballad as Drenge are ever likely to get, a gorgeously ramshackle love song gone awry with Eoin singing "I don't give a f*** about people in love/ they don't piss me off/ they just make me give up" over seesawing guitars which recall Smashing Pumpkins circa "Gish". The gloriously surreal video only adds to this feeling of youthful restlessness and alienation, as all manner of bizarre events unfold around the brothers as they play in a stately country manor.
Make sure you catch the band when they play incendiary live shows in the spring around the UK.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
19 - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
20 - Scala, London (SOLD OUT)
22 - Stereo, Glasgow
23 - The Georgian Theatre, Stockton
25 - Komedia, Brighton
27 - The Fleece, Bristol
1 - The Plug, Sheffield