April, 2013

Drenge talk to us about influences, kebabs and brightly coloured pubs...

Who or what are your biggest influences?

Tough one. I’ve never modeled myself on any particular musician and we haven’t done that as a band either, we tend to just listen to a load of stuff, which bears no relation to what we play, and it’s hard to figure out how much of a stake it has in the outcome. Covers are the best thing when you’re learning how to play because it gives you a direction and teaches you how songs are put together, and we probably wouldn’t be anywhere now if it wasn’t for Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’.

But when you start getting caught up learning other peoples’ solos and recreating set ups then you start to lose your own identity. I try not to think too much about what’s already been done, even if it is as tremendous as Keane’s songs are. Our music is by no means especially cutting edge, it’s something we just find ourselves doing.

Tell us about the hardest tour you’ve done, any good stories?

I went on a school trip to Denmark when I was 16 playing drums with my school’s jazz and brass bands, and a few of us got drunk one night at a Michael Jackson tribute concert (who wouldn’t?!) Our punishment was losing the chance for all the Year 11s to go out for a kebab with the teachers on the last night. We got a lot of kebab hungry cold shoulders the next few days.

Which country or city in the world is your favourite to play in, and why?

We played a few shows in Dingle in Ireland at the end of last year and I haven’t found anywhere that tops it yet. If there’s anywhere with a nearby dolphin and high concentration of brightly coloured pubs, let me know.

Who’s the hardest working artist/band in the business?

R Stevie Moore has probably put out more music this year than we’ve ever written. He has a huge discography.

If you could support any band past or present, who would it be…?

They’re not a band, if we could support any one, it would be Sheffield FC. They’re the oldest club in the world. Maybe we could play a half time show, whilst they’re handing out the oranges, but I’d be more content in the stands supporting.

…and what would you talk about backstage?

The early 1-2-7 formation. How can you justify having 7 attackers and 1 defender?! Madness. I’d need that explaining. They’ve had a bus named after them too! I wonder if they get free fares.

Drenge play The 100 Club, London on April 17th with The Cribs & China Rats. For full information and tickets go HERE.

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