Editor's Rating

Have a listen to: "The Woods" and "Running Wild"

8
Rating out of 10

Drenge – Undertow

Release Date: 6th April 2015
Infectious Records
iTunes: http://apple.co/1AD8FIW

This album is the follow up to 2013’s self-titled ‘Drenge‘. After doing a festival circuit and establishing themselves as a great live band they have returned with a new studio album ‘Undertow‘.  Produced by Ross Orton, who also produced Arctic Monkeys ‘AM’. The band is made up of Eoin Loveless, on guitar and vocals and his younger brother Rory on drums, this time joined by long time friend Rob Graham on bass, who definitely adds a sorely missed element to the fold. For a band born of frustration with living in an isolated country village, the haunting mood rings through every track on this album.

Running Wild‘ and ‘Never Awake‘ are great alt-rock songs that feel like they are plucked straight out of the early 90’s. ‘We Can Do What We Want‘ picks things up a bit tempo-wise with a bit of punk-rock flair. ‘The Snake‘ has an evil bastard of a growl to the instruments, ‘The Woods‘ is by far the most stand out track on the album, with a Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumours’ era melancholy pop tone to it, especially with the closing 60 seconds of the track.

This band hit all the marks for what I like in downtrodden rock ’n roll. Everything feels organic, no song feels forced – no phrase or melody that doesn’t belong. I feel like I’m listening to a band that truly give a shit about their art. After the last album they ran the risk of being one dimensional, but they have clearly progressed and are a forward thinking group. For such a fresh band they have such a refined, mature sound and interesting lyrics. I can’t wait to see what comes next, and I will definitely be catching a Drenge show as soon as I can! So should you.

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