reviews... - June 6, 2014

Drenge @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
by Dan
by Dan hmv Cardiff, Bio TBC

Drenge @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach

Post-grunge duo Drenge hit up Cardiff's notorious Clwb Ifor Bach last night (June 5th) for a riotous show, here's what went down...



Two piece grunge brothers from Derbyshire, Drenge



At Wales' finest intimate venue, Clwb Ifor Bach.


Any good supports?

The Bohicas brough a groove of old school rock and roll but with a modern twist that really got the crowd going. Loud cheers of appreciation were called out throughout the set with their crazy riffs culminating into some great sounding songs. Plus any band that uses a cowbell during their songs is a winner with us!


Was it full? And how were the crowd?

The Welsh Club was packed with everybody cramming themselves in to get a view of the band. From the outset the beer drenched and sweaty crowd were energetic and ready for a good time. There were even festival like moments with crowd members even getting on shoulders for sing-alongs.


So what was the set like? What did they play?

Songs mainly comprised from their critically acclaimed debut album released last year. Opening with single 'Face Like A Skull' it immediately got the crowd moving and the energy didn't stop until the last feedback range out.

Non album songs such as the intriguingly titled 'Necromance Is Dread' caused the devoted audience to sing and bounce along. 'I Wanna Break You In Half; took it up a further notch blistering through in just under 2 minutes more breakdowns than most bands have in their career. The volume is turned up to 11 for thr whole of the gig, but it never feels like it's too much. Punters' ears are going to be ringing for days to come, but it was definitely worth it!


Any good between song banter?

Nothing was said until the end when they thanked the crowd for coming along. The music did the talking for them.


Did they put on much of a show?

Having famously played the venue last time in their pyjamas it's surprising not to see anything similar this time around. They played on a very minimal set with dim lighting really highlighting the music with no gimmicks whatsoever.


What was the highlight of the set?

Set closer "Bloodsports" hit like a punch to the gut. The young crowd invaded the stage and dived into the rowdy pits at the front. It's still staggering the amount of noise that can be made from just the two brothers on stage....


Where can I catch them next?

You can catch them at Glastonbury and also Reading & Leeds Festivals later on this summer and it would be a wise decision to make them high on your priority list!


Drenge's self-titled debut album is out now in hmv stores and can be previewed by the icon on the right-hand side of the page. 

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Drenge - Face Like A Skull (Official Video)

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