CUE & PLAY: Drenge take on the challenge

Drenge: Wolverton visit on Saturday
Drenge: Wolverton visit on Saturday

On Saturday night, hotly tipped duo Drenge will take on The Craufurd Arms, spilling their raw enthusiasm and locked in noise to the Wolverton venue.

The brothers have had a wild summer - supporting The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, hitting the stage with Arctic Monkeys and becoming something of a staple on the festival scene.

And on Tuesday evening, they shone with a blistering debut on BBC2s Later with Jools programme.

We asked drummer Rory to share his musical loves with us in the latest in our Cue and Play series...

Tell us about the first record you bought

I think it was Shenanigans by Green Day. Mum took me and Eoin to FOPP in Sheffield when I was about 10 years old, and got us one each.

I remember seeing a load of Green Day t-shirts and people saying they were cool, and it turned out to be ok.

I can’t remember what Eoin got, but his first CD was Tragedy by Steps when it came out, so it was probably nothing special.

I haven’t listened to it for ages, but it’s probably informed what we’re doing now in some way or other, much like the karaoke version of Tragedy.

An album you can’t live without - and why...

Revolver by The Beatles. This barely needs an explanation; it’s just a great album I can listen to at any time

Most embarrassing record in your collection...

I have tons from my indulgent, carefree past. Tourist by Athlete stands out in my mind, although I think I have an embarrassing taste.

I found myself picking out records in the easy listening section somewhere the other day.

I think I must have a child somewhere inside me, because I have a weird music taste and tell awful jokes all the time.

Sandals and socks are the next step

An album you wish you’d bought, but didn’t

Probably the album by The Men on Sacred Bones, I think it has a tune called Bataille on it, with a black and white cover. I keep seeing it everywhere I go

What about your favourite artist? What is the attraction?

I can’t do favourites; I’ll say something and regret it the next day. There’s so much stuff I haven’t listened to and plenty I have obsessed over and keep going back to.

It’d probably be a master of their craft, like The Beatles, J Dilla, Nick Drake, Coltrane

If we could grant you a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be, and why? What question would you ask them?

This is a tough one. Right now I think it’d be cool to meet Syd Barrett; I’ve listened to his stuff for the first time recently.

I don’t think I’d ask him anything; just observe the craic from back in the day

Name a song that never fails to pick you up

Flying Lotus by Robo Tussin

And one that chills you out

Either Hendrix, Electric Ladyland instrumental, or, if I’m feeling obscure, Assayita 1 by Abdulla Rashim

What was the first gig you attended

The first one I chose was Gogol Bordello, Manchester Academy near my 13th birthday, with my Dad Rob and friend Rob.

It was so loud; I tried out the moshpit and couldn’t hack it.

It had the oddest and most varied crowd I’ve ever seen

Tell us about your favourite record shop or online store, and what the appeal is

Sounds of the Universe in London; it has so much stuff on the edge of my tastes, and turntables to try stuff out on. I could spend a week and a grand in there

You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours; who do you choose and what do you do

I would be Christopher Owens, make up with JR and announce a new Girls album

Is there a new or undiscovered artist that you think we need to hear? Spill the beans...

I saw Physics House Band at Knee Deep Festival and there were the hardest act we’ve ever had to follow, they were incredible. Also, I may have the name wrong, but I listened to a band called Bird Skulls last night and wept with joy.

You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?

So many, just so I can afford their records. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison is so expensive, but I need it in my life

> Tickets for Drenge at The Craufurd Arms are on sale now at £6 in advance.

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