From the moment Drenge burst on stage to the famous EastEnders soundtrack – you could tell the boys were back in town.
The homemade banners and red ribbon announced it was ‘The Grand Reopening’ and the band certainly made an impressive entrance, with the Art School providing the perfect backdrop.
For months, fans have been waiting on news about Drenge. They should’ve been bigger last time round. This is still the case. With a two brother band dynamic, they have youth on their side. Once a two-piece, then a three, the current four-piece line up adds to a truly stomping as well as unique sound.
From the offset the crowd were lapping it up, with the band covering both old and new tunes.
Standout new tracks included Bonfire. With a heavy bass and strong nod to the early Stooges – it was an instant crowd pleaser.
While Raw Like, sounded the way it was meant to be heard – fresh but with echoes of Nirvana. And then there was the new single, This Dance. A cracking tune with an energetic chorus and bounce.
A break for an acoustic session mid-way through the gig provided a little rest bite with singer, Eoin Loveless, proclaiming: “That’s a cute little mosh pit.” Phones were out, the mosh pit was indeed sweet if not a little sweaty – but that’s the way it should be. The music, the drama and everyone enjoying the niche musical moment.
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Then on to a fantastic encore, with the hits the Scottish crowd were here to hear. Bloodsports, Fuckabout and Running Wild were as fresh now as they were then and just as tight as anything the Queens of the Stone Age have produced, in recent years.
So where do the band go from here? The fact is, they should be a hell of a lot bigger than they are. But for now, this was their grand reopening and no end of season sale.
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