Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:06:30
UK rock duo on new album Undertow, telling stories, evolving, and more...
Drenge are the ultimate rock 'n' roll two-piece. The brotherly force of nature—Eoin Loveless [vocals, guitar] and Rory Loveless [drums]—sound like The White Stripes with balls, straight up. It's a gritty, guttural, and grimy sound remaining both heavy and hypnotic at all the right moments. The group just released their second full-length album, Undertow [Infectious Records], and they're touring worldwide. So, in order to get to the heart of the record, we spoke to Eoin about the songwriting, storytelling, and so much more.
What was your approach to Undertow? How did it differ from the last album?
I guess after touring an album that was recorded as live, we wanted to try something totally different and set about making a very studio-minded record. There was a lot more attention given to particular sounds and layering different tracks over one another.
The songs feel visual. Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the lyrics?
We write our music, and the lyrics usually come after I've lived with the track for a bit. Music usually manifests itself with some sort of location where the track is "set," so my lyrical process is often trying to describe what I can hear in the music.
Was recording particularly intense?
We were in the studio for about four months, taking the odd week out to structure new material. We would go back and polish up several tracks at a time. The environment in the studio was very relaxed until we pressed record, and then the concentration and focus altered the atmosphere until we got it right.
Watch the music video for "Running Wild" from Drenge: