Frequently bracketed with fellow noise ingénues Royal Blood, brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless (aka Drenge) are a subtler proposition, mixing drone-rock, grunge and, on 'Undertow', freshly acquired elements of new wave into a sound which should deliver the wider audience they deserve.
If their eponymous début was a fascinating, if narrow, journey through 21st century indie blues, the newly expanded almost trio (Bassist Rob Graham appears on three tracks) have produced something transformative here: songs like 'Never Awake' seethe with a restless energy, demonstrating a horizon-expanding resolve not unlike that with which The Horrors faced down their self-imposed demons on the cathartic 'Primary Colours'. From rural Derbyshire but having been adopted by neighbouring Sheffield, this new dimension extends to a pummelling, exuberant swagger reminiscent a little of their new city's alumni the Arctic Monkeys, 'We Can Do What We Want' an orthodox, clipped spitfire of a song, the sort which gleefully overloads on shot glass rhetoric and careless guitars. This splay-footed approach runs through the following 'Favourite Son', the subject fighting need and expectation in equal measure whilst the caterwauling garage, wrapped in squalls of feedback and hunted by elephantine drums, manages to sound pissed off and elegiac at the same time.
The age we live in seems to create in many artists the urge to change the received wisdom around themselves. The Loveless brothers have made light of their origins in a Peak District village, one in which the Post Office is a tiny whitewashed building that looks like it was built in the 19th century. Its event horizon probably isn't as strong as that of a city; instead, they've created a musical escape pod, in which the urban sprawl of their other reality is only a pedal effect away. The hand-claps of 'Side By Side' have it, whilst the awkward, stilted tempo of the album's title track also inherently possesses the skyline and pavement's elemental stink. The latter retains the feel of gradual weight settling, of a burden that feels less wanted as the notes go by. Not quite brutal, it's still the sound of an idyll being torn down, and accordingly of young men who value decay as much as tranquillity.
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The band are also set to perform at the NME Awards Show.
Not a band to keep fans waiting, Drenge are set to unveil their second album 'Undertow' through Infectious Music this Spring, having spent the best part of 2014 writing and recording while also on tour.
Drenge release 'Undertow' in April 2015
The UK duo were joined by bassist Rob Graham on parts of the upcoming release, who was previously a touring member only. It was produced by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, Roots Manuva) and recorded between Castleton and Sheffield.
Continue reading: Drenge Set Out On Tour With The Release Of 'Undertow' On April 6th
Download Festival 2014 was a tamer affair than in previous years, largely owing to the event's tightened alcohol and drugs searches, bands being instructed not to encourage the crowds to mosh, more mainstream main stage headliners, fewer boobs being shown on the live camera feed, and the sombre tone of the renamed 'Stephen Sutton Stage'. Instead of holding a silence for the cancer-struck teen, festival attendees took part in a minute of respectful applause, which was paralleled by comedy pop punk band Bowling For Soup's tribute to the late comic, Rik Mayall.
In memoriam sections aside, the festival managed to transform what could be perceived as a weaker line-up compared to its preceding year into a three-day celebration of a broad range of the rock spectrum, filled with bespoke performance gems and quality heavy metal memories. First night closers Avenged Sevenfold brought a larger stage to Donington than they'd ever taken out of the US and combined imposing crypt-inspired adornments with an explosive set that proved on a world stage that they are worthy successors to titans Metallica and Iron Maiden.
The beady-eyed punter will have had a ball spotting the odd and hilarious happenings across the weekend, including a "face-melting" washboard solo from Berlin faux cowboys The BossHoss, punk's immature popsters Bowling For Soup asking a knight to decapitate a giant inflatable sheep, full contact medieval fighting from Battle Heritage, and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach inviting the crowd to "dance responsibly" to a particularly heavy breakdown. Ribs were probably broken in the latter instance.
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Here's 10 of our must-see emerging international artists for South by Southwest 2014.
South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) is widely known as THE festival for emerging musical talent with artists both established and up-and-coming flocking from around the globe to Austin, Texas to offer the musical experience of a lifetime to eager festival goers. Having begun in 1987, the weekend event has seen some exciting acts, virtually all of which have shot to international recognition since their slot on the SXSW bill - and very deservedly.
It's a huge opportunity for fledgling bands across the world with such a vast line-up that takes over the whole of Austin for over a week. Unlike most festivals were an artist has to be signed or at least have an agent to feature in the line-up, SXSW does a great job at embracing unsigned talent. The weekend even sees dozens of secret gigs dotted around the city as no-one is ever quite sure of who is and who isn't playing. Prince, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z are just a few of many who have surprised and delighted event goers with their unexpected appearances, so make sure you keep an eye out this year. For now though, we're excited to give you ten top acts from across the planet that are well worth your time this March.
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It's not long until this year's South by Southwest festival and here's 10 acts you wont want to miss in Austin.
Every year, hundreds of bands descend upon Austin, Texas to make the South by Southwest Festival one of the most anticipated of the year. Featuring musical acts from all over the world, the music section of this mammoth festival takes place from March 11th to 16th 2014. This year sees the festival get even bigger and better as a host of new acts showcase alongside some big name veterans to give an awesome lineup of over 2,000 acts. Anyone lucky enough to be making the trip to Austin next month is going to have a hard time deciding which bands to go see, so to help you make up your mind, here’s ten acts that we consider unmissable from this year’s lineup.
London Grammar are heading to this year's SXSW Festival
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The first names for SXSW have been released.
The South by Southwest Music Festival has released its first list of artists for the 2014 festival, notably the New Orleans rapper Vockah Redu, indie-trio London Grammar, Drenge, the Texas country singer Rodney Crowell and Swedish rock band INVSN.
The first batch comprises of 183 acts from 27 countries that will play in downtown Austin in the spring. Last year, more than 25,000 people saw 2,278 acts at the six-day festival and music conference.
INVSN is perhaps the most interesting act from the first announcement. Featuring Refused and International Noise Conspiracy frontman Dennis Lyxzen, the band are currently on a U.S tour promoting their self-titled debut album.
Continue reading: SXSW Announces First Performers for 2014 Festival