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orgive me for going over much recycled news, but although it’s been widely reported on, the fact that


Tom Watson MP name-checked Drenge at the end of his resignation letter to Ed Miliband is so superbly absurd and brilliant that it just has to be mentioned in any introduction of the band. Not that they should be measured by being a former MP’s fave new band, but it’s just electrifying to think that Tom Watson might have been so affected by this young, noisy pair of brothers that he cast his manifestos, party rosettes and window sized billboards to the ground and – maybe – did a piss on them. Drenge, with their visceral blues-rock, make you want to do those kinds of things in rebellion against your 9 to 5. And we love them for it. We’re getting treated to them twice this year, and we caught up with Eoin ahead of their first, their Norwich Sound & Vision date…


I've been hearing reports from your recent Beacons Festival gig that the crowd for you guys was much bigger than the footprint would allow. Has that been your experience over summer festivals? Beacons is kind of hilarious, because it was just like the tent that we were playing in was so small. It was just really tiny. And bands like Wire and Savages - all these crazy bands that deserve twice the capacity they were playing. It was just ridiculous.


Wow, Wire have 37 years of music to fit into that small tent. Yeah, exactly.


16 /October 2013/outlineonline.co.uk


Yeah, that's hard going. People were struggling to comprehend why this great band were playing in one of the smaller tents in a field. It was interesting, because it was intimate, but it's also a little bit soul destroying ‘cause they kinda deserve to be playing on a much wider stage.


Absolutely, and so do you. But how has your experience been of festivals this summer? Have you seen more magnetism towards you now than the beginning of the summer? Yeah, it's been fun. I mean the first festival that we did was somewhere in Holland. A festival called Best Kept


Secret, and we were the first band on, and we were just part of the main entrance. So, all these people came and saw us and we played to like, 4000 people and were just blown away by how many people were there. But we'd always be like: "Oh, well, people are only here because of the next band or because of something else," so that's always been really funny. And then, like, I don't know; just as the year’s gone on, it seems to get a little busier and a bit more genuine, and Reading and Leeds were just absolutely crazy shows for us.


Now I read that the pair of you would


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