Thursday, 15 August 2013

Drenge - Face Like A Skull

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Having a naughty ex-Labour politician admitting he's a fan of your music is probably a bit more palatable than having David Cameron proclaim his love for The Smiths, but as the music press jumped on the story, Sheffield brothers Drenge didn't seem to care less about the whole thing and got on with the build-up to their debut album which is out on Monday. Their self-titled debut has been one of the most anticipated of the year, and press reports suggest it might just live up to expectations.

Current single 'Face Like A Skull' is certainly a good tune, although it's not unlike a million bands you've heard before. I think the attraction lies in the freshness and the consistency of the band, because musically this is fairly generic punk-rock, albeit punk-rock done to a high standard. Plus, every generation needs its noisy heroes, and while guitar music remains unfashionable compared to years gone by, it's great to have people like Drenge out there flying the flag so well.

Drenge's website

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Catch them live:

MON 19 AUG Rough Trade East, London, UK
FRI 23 AUG Leeds Festival 2013, Leeds, UK
FRI 23 AUG Reading Festival 2013, Reading, UK
MON 26 AUG Electric Circus, Edinburgh, UK
TUE 27 AUG P.J. Molloys, Dunfermline, UK
TUE 03 SEP St Moritz Club, London, UK
WED 04 SEP Tipsy, London, UK
THU 05 SEP Bestival 2013, Arreton, UK
THU 05 SEP The Black Heart, London, UK
MON 09 SEP iTunes Festival 2013, London, UK
THU 12 SEP Moles Club, Bath, UK
FRI 13 SEP The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, UK
SAT 14 SEP Southsea Festival 2013, Southsea, UK
SAT 14 SEP Southsea Fest, Southsea, UK
SAT 14 SEP Southsea Festival 2013, Portsmouth, UK
MON 16 SEP Boileroom, Guildford, UK
MON 16 SEP Boileroom, Guildford, UK
TUE 17 SEP South Street Arts Centre, Reading, UK
WED 18 SEP New Inn, St. Austell, UK
THU 19 SEP Unknown venue, Penzance, UK
FRI 20 SEP Bunters Bar, Truro, UK
SAT 21 SEP The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK
MON 23 SEP Paradiso Kleine Zaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TUE 24 SEP Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
WED 25 SEP Comet Club, Berlin, Germany
THU 26 SEP Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany
TUE 01 OCT Brudenell Social Club Leeds, UK
WED 02 OCT The Brickyard, Carlisle, UK
THU 03 OCT The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
FRI 04 OCT King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, UK
SAT 05 OCT Non Zero's, Dundee, UK
MON 07 OCT East Village Arts Club, Liverpool, UK
TUE 08 OCT Cavern Club, Exeter, UK
WED 09 OCT The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK
SAT 12 OCT The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham, UK
MON 14 OCT The Portland Arms, Cambridge, UK
TUE 15 OCT The Roadhouse, Manchester, UK
WED 16 OCT The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent, UK
SAT 19 OCT Gathering 2013, Oxford, UK

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