It feels like a long time since Drenge’s mega album Undertow hit our speakers. And it has been quite a while, 3 years, in fact. But Drenge are back and back with a bang as the new single ‘This Dance’ reminds us why they’re so fondly thought of.
A punch of drums and a lead line drenched in distortion let’s us all know Drenge are back to business. Sounding somewhere between At The Drive In and a grittier Vaccines, ‘This Dance’ pops and rolls heavy at the same time.
Eoin Loveless and brother Rory know a thing or two about hooks, and ‘This Dance’ has them in spades. But not the kind the aforementioned would hang a flimsy love-soaked indie anthem on. No, these are the kind of hooks you hang blood-dripping beef from.
When talking about the track Eoin Loveless says: “We sat in a tiny bedroom with a fizzing guitar line, programming some beats into a computer. It was different to how we usually worked. We went to a wedding, and like all weddings, we ended up on the dance floor, belting out 80s chart hits like we were on the barrier at a Slayer concert. Our arms and legs collided with each others, with our friends and with complete strangers. Dance like nobody’s watching and then hope they don’t call the police.
“I watched The Thing and thought about what would happen if Kurt Russell’s MacReady spent the movie fighting off the extraterrestrial organisms with tunes instead of guns. I thought about all the nightclubs I’d never be allowed to go in or would be too scared to enter. I let it manifest into the lyrics of the song, like the monsters in The Thing.”