The irresistible energy of youth is captured perfectly in “Bloodsports”, the debut single from Castleton duo Drenge, released on Infectious this spring. It sees the reckless thrills and freewheeling vitality of a new generation distilled to its rawest, most unvarnished essence.
Brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless are 19 and 21 respectively – Drenge show a remarkable facility in assimilating influences belying their age group, while also hardwiring them to a stomp and swagger entirely their own. Fans might have already heard the three visceral opening missives they’ve posted online (“People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck”, “Dogmeat”, “I Wanna Break You in Half”), and “Bloodsports” is no different. Produced by Ross Orton, and released on the band’s label ‘Mad Mark’ via Infectious, it is anthemic, razor sharp garage rock of the finest pedigree; raucous and relentless, fevered and furious – little wonder Zane Lowe has made it his “Hottest Record in the World” this week.
Their live shows amplify Drenge’s strengths to an even greater degree. Despite the relatively basic setup of Rory on drums and Eoin on guitar, they still manage to make a deliriously addictive racket that takes listeners on a dizzying rollercoaster ride as potent as it is addictive. Make sure not to miss their shows this spring, which include a Brixton Academy show supporting The Cribs and a co-headline tour with Deap Vally.
UPCOMING LIVE DATES
22 – NME Awards show @ Brixton Academy w/ The Cribs, Trail of Dead, Deap Vally
23 – Queens Social Club, Sheffield*
24 – Rainbow, Birmingham*
26 – Dingwalls, London*
28 – The Haunt, Brighton*
1 – Thekla, Bristol*
5 – Sebright Arms, London (headline show)
6 – Deaf Institute Manchester*
7 – Shipping Forecast, Liverpool*
(*co-headline w/ Deap Vally)
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