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Drenge - East Village Arts Club, Liverpool - October 7 2013 (Live Review)

Thursday, 10 October 2013 Written by Lee Johnston

Throughout the summer, Drenge have hopped between the biggest festivals going, pausing only to unveil their self-titled debut and a wide-ranging UK tour. Landing in the north west, they took over the newly refurbished East Village Arts Club in Liverpool.

Arriving onstage nearly 15 minutes before their advertised slot, the Loveless brothers, Rory and Eoin, managed to catch the majority of the crowd on the hop.  

It’s hard to split Drenge’s work into one specific genre. Their name suggests that they are not easy listening, but defining their sound remains a difficult task. From blues, to garage, to grunge, they encompass it all.

On the night, Rory’s drumming gives Backwaters a bigger punch than the original album version and there was even a rare moment of tenderness during Fuckabout, where Eoin offered his off-key thoughts on people in love. The duo were in fine form throughout their set, and clearly love doing what they do.  

From their premature appearance through to the last song, it appeared that they didn’t want to hang around. They managed to get through their repertoire at high velocity and it was all over before you knew it.

Maybe it was the brevity of the gig, or the fact that many were caught short at the start, but the feeling the crowd looked a little disappointed was hard to escape, despite the earlier fireworks.  

Drenge UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows

Sat October 12th 2013 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega Social Club
Mon October 14th 2013 - CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Tue October 15th 2013 - MANCHESTER Roadhouse
Wed October 16th 2013 - STOKE Sugarmill
Thu October 24th 2013 - DUNFERMLINE P.J. Molloys
Fri October 25th 2013 - BELFAST The Limelight 2
Wed November 6th 2013 - READING South Street Arts Centre

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