Drenge announces ‘Before The War Begins’ ahead of festival weekend


Ahead of headline performances at Deer Shed and Truck Festival this weekend, Drenge has announced ‘Autonomy‘, a new four track EP due for release on October 5 in digital and vinyl formats via Infectious Music.

A first track from the EP, ‘Before The War Begins’, is available to stream and download from today.

You can listen to Drenge‘s ‘Before The War Begins‘ on Shoot Music’s New Releases Playlist.

Before The War Begins’ is produced by longtime collaborator Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys, M.I.A, The Fall) and follows ‘This Dance’, the band’s first new song in three years, released in May to critical acclaim as the band staged their ‘Grand Reopening’ tour around the UK.

“We are very proud to unveil our first foray into the Extended Player format,” said Drenge.

“Recorded at McCall Sound on Sheffield’s own Sunset Strip with Ross Orton.

“‘Autonomy‘ showcases some of our recent work, by way of verses, choruses, middle eights and all that other stuff you learn at BRIT school.

“There’ll be a run of Robot-Coloured ® vinyl which will be about the size and shape of a supermarket pizza.

“On the cover you can see our temporary mascot, DR3-NG3, a scientific research robot nearing the end of his functional capabilities and pursuing a quest for validation. Made in Sheffield.”

Drenge are Eoin Loveless and Rory Loveless, from Castleton, Derbyshire.

They have released two critically acclaimed albums, ‘Drenge‘ (2013) and ‘Undertow‘ (2015), headlined shows worldwide and toured with the likes of Wolf Alice, the Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys.

“‘Before The War Begins’ is half a love-song and half a hate-song,” lead vocalist Eoin Loveless explained.

“Like most of our work, it’s a experiment in traditional songwriting gone wrong.

“A long hot summer and a hosepipe ban has the narrator comparing their deteriorating and dehydrated love life to a war torn city.

“Along the way they consider how 62 years after the Hungarian revolution there are still places where you can see the bullet holes in the walls in Budapest and how being whisked up by an exciting stranger translates to a long term relationship.”

Drenge headline Deer Shed and Truck Festival this weekend and play a special one-off last-night party at Fruit in Hull, ahead of the venue closing down.

They have just been announced as headliners at Sŵn Festival in Cardiff this October. See www.drenge.co.uk for the full list of dates and ticket details.