Drenge on new album ‘Undertow’: ‘One song just screams ‘Fleetwood Mac’

Band speak to NME about their forthcoming second album

Drenge have explained the role both Fleetwood Mac and Kanye West played in making their new album ‘Undertow’.

The band, now a trio following the introduction of new bassist Rob Graham, announced their new album yesterday (January 27) performing new song ‘We Can Do What We Like’ on The Late Show with David Letterman later that night.


Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, drummer Rory Loveless recalls being on the set of a different TV show.

“We spoke to Kanye West [on the set of Later in 2014]. He was talking about wanting to put more aggression into his music, but I think we’ve kind of backed off from that a little bit,” he said.

Going on to describe the ways in which he and brother Eoin have changed, Loveless continues: “We’ve grown up so there’s more freedom [in the music] and not so much brattiness. It’s not so abrasive. We’ve chilled out. There’s one song that screams Fleetwood Mac.”

‘Undertow’ will be released on April 6. Drenge will be touring the UK in April, following their sold out NME Awards gig on February 12 at London’s Tufnell Park Dome. The band will play nine dates, starting at Nottingham Rescue Rooms and finishing up at London’s Electric Ballroom on April 21. Tickets for the tour go on sale at 9am on January 30.

Drenge will play:

Nottingham Rescue Rooms (April 10)
Birmingham The Library (11)
Gateshead The Sage (13)
Glasgow Classic Grand (14)
Liverpool Kazimier (15)
Sheffield Leadmill (17)
Norwich Waterfront (18)
Bristol The Trinity Centre (20)
London Electric Ballroom (21)

The ‘Undertow’ tracklisting is:

‘Running Wild’
‘Never Awake’
‘We Can Do What We Want’
‘Favourite Son’
‘The Snake’
‘Side By Side’
‘The Woods’
‘Standing In The Cold’
‘Have You Forgotten My Name?’

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