What You Need To Know - April 2, 2015

Drenge’s Undertow – What You Need To Know
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Drenge’s Undertow – What You Need To Know

If the Loveless brothers self-titled debut album was a furious blast of energy and ideas, then their second album Undertow, which hits stores on Monday (April 6th) is taking all that power and refining it into something neater and much bigger. Here is everything you need to know about it…

 

What’s The Background?

Drenge come into the release of their second record on the back of a brutal two-year long tour. After slogging it out supporting just about everybody, they ended the run headlining decent-sized venues and owning lots of last summer’s festivals.

Almost straight after they headed straight back into the studio in Sheffield where they recorded their self-titled debut, changing things up a little bit, the songs are bigger, brighter, and, for the first time, feature a bass player, with Rob Graham adding four strings on three tracks.

Already very well road-tested, Drenge are about to head back out on the road, but with a collection of much bigger and better songs…

 

 

Who’s producing it?

Once again the band have turned to Ross Orton, the knob twiddler was once one third of dance weirdoes Fat Truckers. Hailing from the duo’s native Sheffield, he keeps Drenge’s power in check and adds in the layers of fuzz and reverb that make this album quite such a brilliant listen.

 

 

Any special guests?

Oh no.

 

Does It Deliver?

Absolutely. The pair take the raw power that they exhibited on their debut and harness it superbly, channelling the thunder of Nirvana’s most raucous moments, the luscious fuzz of My Bloody Valentine and their invention of Sonic Youth into Undertow. It’s somehow more refined and more powerful, which is a brilliant combination.

 

 

Drenge’s new album Undertow is released on Monday (April 6th). The band will sign copies of the album on Tuesday (April 7th) in Fopp Manchester. Click here for more details. 

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