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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Drenge

Having descended the hills of their picturesque hometown of Castleton, the Loveless brothers spent much of the past two years playing gigs in Sheffield, touring across the country, and making a name for themselves as Drenge: with Rory on drums and Eoin on guitar and vocals.

The band’s name is Danish for ‘boys’, but its evocation of the words "dread" and "grunge" acts as a pretty accurate indicator of their sound.

OFP were first turned on to Drenge on finding a copy of the band’s self-made zine – Blood & Milk – and discovering the video for their track Dogmeat. Filmed at the phone box outside the West Street Tesco on a Friday night, the video shows merry bar crawlers stopping by to pull party poppers and poses at the camera, while others dance and show off their pet dogs. Simple and brilliant.

Between radio slots by the likes of Mumford and Sons and all their jangly optimism, Drenge came along as quite a jolt, with their apathetic, anti-love songs delivered through an audible snarl and with an insistent drumming. As cynical as they may be, there’s some kind of dark beauty in the directness of their lyrics that’s really quite refreshing, like hearing the lines sung on a Smiths record for the first time; Drenge have fun with being cheerless, as they vocalise the world-weary thoughts and twisted fantasies of young minds.

How would you describe your work?
Post-adolescent brothers producing, writing and performing passages of music rooted in the genres of rock, punk and grunge.

What inspires you?
I write my best music when I’m stressed or frustrated. It’s ideal for the music we make. That said, it has to make sense when I’m at my calmest. I still need to mean it when we’re sound-checking or recording the track.

What’s your workspace like?
Our workplace is currently a variety of stages and venues around the UK and Europe. In Sheffield we have a rehearsal space, which is more of a glorified storage space-cum-empty room.

What do you love about Sheffield?
The people and the quality of water. The water is the secret to the city. The coffee and the beer brewed in the city is the finest in the world. The views are pretty great too. You’re never too far from a great view.

What would you do to improve the city?
I’d like to see Kelham Island make a bid for independence. Rory wants a fog machine on Tudor Square.

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