Drenge: Undertow

Nirvana-loving U.K. crew cranks up the teenage angst

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Drenge are a three-piece band that suggest how Nirvana or the White Stripes might've turned out if they'd grown up stupid and contagious in the North of England. The band's 2013 debut came with adorable grunge complaints like "People in Love Make Me Feel Yuck." On the follow-up, singer-guitarist Eoin Loveless and his drum-crushing brother, Rory, keep nuancing their vintage alt-rock: "The Woods" is a Sonic Youth-y creeper that quotes the Lord's Prayer, and "We Can Do What We Want" recalls the Arctic Monkeys at their punkest, with Eoin moaning, "We're like Bonnie and Clyde, but without any ride." They make going nowhere fast sound like the only way to travel.