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Released: 06.04.15

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Two-man rock bands seem to be having a moment, stripping the genre back to its roots and connecting with music in a primal, instinctive way. This is exactly where Drenge sit on their second album: no over-thinking; no lead guitarists noodling; no keyboards tinkling; just two brothers, making noise. Running Wild and Never Awake are pretty indistinguishable, characterised by the band’s nu-grunge distorted guitars and bass-driven drums, but We Can Do What We Want ups the ante, bringing in more of the brand’s reckless abandon, with a chorus that echoes the catchiest Ramones tracks. Album highlight Favourite Son continues the punk influences, with pacey drum beats and a fuck you attitude. My advice: listen in full to Side By Side, but skip Undertow and Standing In The Cold.

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