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Interview:
Drenge's brother rockers keep the peace
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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When brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless started their group Drenge, it stayed a duo simply because "we could play instruments and there was no one else to be in a band with, so we started our own band."

But the singer and guitarist promises that it's a friendlier situation than other sibling rock pairings like the Kinks Davies brothers or Oasis' Gallaghers.

""When you have a Gallagher brother moment, you kind of have to look in the mirror and get yourself right," says Eoin, who at 22 is a year older than Rory. "We get on great. We try to pretend most of the time that we're not brothers so we don't have any fear about arguing with each other."

Hailing from Sheffield, Drenge has so far released three singles and a self-titled debut album in 2013. It was also endorsed in former British Labour Party leader Tom Watson's resignation letter last year. The Loveless brothers grew up listening to their father's large jazz collection, but Drenge's bluesy tinge comes from hearing the Allman Brothers Band's "Eat a Peach" album, though the duo claims no definitive sources or influences.

"I think we just kind of wanted to make the music that we felt most comfortable making and writing and performing," Eoin explains. "Drawing inspiration from other people was always a bit of a no-go.

"If something sound too much like another group, it will be brought up and discussed and changed to make it sound more like us. That comes up a lot when we're writing together."

Drenge, Wax Witches and Electric Corpse

Wednesday, July 30. Doors open at 8 p.m.

The Pike Room in the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $10

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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