Home > News & Reviews > Drenge

Drenge - Autonomy (Album Review)

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 Written by Liam Turner

It seems like an age ago that Drenge were unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight by Labour MP Tom Watson, who urged people to go see the band in his resignation letter. They were starting to pick up steam anyway, with several years on the road and their debut album on the way, but it was an unexpected twist in their tale.

Since then, things have moved pretty slowly for the brothers Loveless. Their two full-length LPs - ‘Drenge’ in 2013 and 2015’s ‘Undertow’ - garnered critical praise without breaking through in the manner of a Royal Blood or Catfish and the Bottlemen. And it’s hard to imagine that their new (and first) EP, ‘Autonomy,’ will be the offering that finally sees Drenge thrust into the indie elite.

That's a shame, because the record itself is hard to fault. Opener Autonomy bobs along to a head-nodding rhythm while Eoin sets his guitar to phaser and tries to discern whether an auspicious start to a relationship should be cause for concern.

“You’re just too good to be true,” he sings in a manner evoking Talking Heads’ David Byrne. “Doesn’t this mean there’s something wrong with you?”

Outside finds Drenge revert to the broiling angst of their first two releases. Eoin spits and seethes his way through every line, sounding like he’s always on the cusp of breaking into a full-blown scream. Barbs like “You better lawyer up / Take a pack of lies” suggest the relationship wasn’t all it seemed after all.

Closer Before the War Begins as another finely-crafted, amicable tune, with its jangly guitars completing Eoin’s chorus melody nicely. But the track’s understated, subtle nature also highlights a possible reason why Drenge have flown under the radar since that initial wave of hype.

Still, when you consider everything Drenge have released in their eight year career, it’s had to pointpoint why, exactly, they haven’t taken off like some of their more mediocre contemporaries. Their records are more consistent and the songwriting more ambitious, but as yet their marks have been made in chalk. Forget the popularity contest, though, because ‘Autonomy’ proves that Drenge are one of this generation’s finest purveyors of alternative indie.

Drenge Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sat November 03 2018 - SHEFFIELD Hope Works

Click here to compare & buy Drenge Tickets at Stereoboard.com.





Let Us Know What You Think - Leave A Comment!




Related News

Drenge Release Opening Track Of New Album Bonfire Of The City Boys
Mon 05 Nov 2018
Drenge have shared the opening track of their upcoming album, 'Strange Creatures'.
Drenge Line Up Spring UK Dates To Accompany New Album 'Strange Creatures'
Mon 29 Oct 2018
Drenge have announced a UK tour.
Drenge Unveil Fades To Black Video
Tue 25 Sep 2018
Drenge have released a video for their current single, Fades To Black.
You Want To Be Able To Belong: Kevin Devine On The Thrills and Challenges Of Devinyl Splits
Fri 07 Dec 2018
td#right {display:none !important;} ​ Illustration: Tom Norton “If you’re a basketball player you don’t get better by playing people you can beat easily. You get better by playing people you might lose to.”​
Yak To Follow New Album 'Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness' With Spring UK And Ireland Tour
Wed 12 Dec 2018
Yak will follow up the release of their new album with a UK and Ireland tour.
Avril Lavigne Announces New Album 'Head Above Water', Shares Second Single Tell Me It's Over
Thu 13 Dec 2018
Avril Lavigne has announced her first album in five years.
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships (Album Review)
Tue 04 Dec 2018
It can sometimes be difficult for an artist to capture the zeitgeist. Even if they know what to say, they often struggle to find the right way to say it. Not so for Matt Healy and his 1975, who haven’t just captured the zeitgeist—they’ve wrestled it into submission, stuffed it in a cage and made it perform tricks for our amusement.
Benjamin Francis Leftwich Announces Third Album 'Gravity' And Shares New Track Sometimes
Fri 07 Dec 2018
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has announced his third album, 'Gratitude'.
 
< Prev   Next >