Drenge say Record Store Day has ‘turned into a swamp of bullshit’

The duo criticise the yearly event in Reddit AMA

Drenge laid into Record Store Day when they participated in Reddit‘s ‘Ask Me Anything’ series of webchats.

The band, who recently expanded to a three-piece following the arrival of bassist Rob Graham, release their second album ‘Undertow’ on April 6, following on from their 2013 self-titled debut. First, however, they’ve opened up to their fans via the social networking and news site.

The group used the platform to express their disdain towards Record Store Day, which takes place this year on April 18.


They said: “It started out as a good idea for getting people back into record shops with a cool little ltd edition 7-inch or whatever, but it’s just turned into a swamp of bullshit. Just look at eBay on that evening and you’ll find all the ltd edition stuff priced stupidly high.”

Record Store Day, which celebrates the culture of independent record shops, sees Mumford & Sons and Foo Fighters are among the artists who will release exclusive material this year.

The band’s comments follow that of recent criticism aimed towards Record Store Day which said that the event is “not beneficial” to small labels. The organisers behind Record Store Day responded with an open letter.

Among the other anecdotes that brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless, the founding duo of the band, told fans were how they have been listening to the new Cribs album, are “probably not” playing Glastonbury and that drummer Rory once played live at Disneyland.

“There was a shortage of drummers round school so I found myself in a ton of school bands, playing jazz and swing, playing film theme tunes with a huge wind band, and we did school trips out to Europe to play,” Rory explained. “I played in Disneyland. Saw all the props and costumes backstage and broke my heart.”

The band’s new album is streaming online now. Read the NME review of ‘Undertow’ here.


The band recently explained the role both Fleetwood Mac and Kanye West played in making of ‘Undertow’, with drummer Rory Loveless telling NME: “We spoke to Kanye West [on the set of Later… With Jools Holland 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 Eoin have changed, Loveless continued: “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.”

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?’

Drenge will be touring the UK in April. The band will play nine dates, starting at Nottingham Rescue Rooms and finishing up at London’s Electric Ballroom on April 21. 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)

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