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Drenge - Autonomy

It's all a bit odd, but it's very good fun too.
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Drenge - Autonomy
Published: 10:45 am, October 08, 2018Words: Jake Hawkes.

‘Autonomy' is the title track from Drenge's new EP, which has been promoted in the usual way: by putting a robot in a dustbin on the cover, and tweeting as said robot. You know... like most bands do when they release an EP?

The ‘Tomorrow's World' esque sci-fi themes continue on the track itself, with an opening synth note that sounds like the noise R2D2 would make if he were drunk. The trademark garage rock sound soon kicks in, but the lyrics continue to make references to classic sci-fi novels and the potential viewpoint of an intelligent machine. It's all a bit odd, but it's very good fun too.

Drenge have been around for a while, and they've rightly judged that doing the same thing, again and again, could get old pretty quickly. Having such a curveball of a theme means they sidestep any possibility of a bored audience while sticking to the sound they're known for (and do very well) means they don't alienate fans, either.

It's a smart move for sure, and something to keep long-term fans interested. It's also likely to attract a few new fans. Why? Because it's really, really good.

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