Drenge on Tom Watson resignation letter namecheck: 'We're not totally overjoyed'

Band say they would rather people had discovered them because of their music, not because they got caught up in a political news story

Drenge on Tom Watson resignation letter namecheck: 'We're not totally overjoyed'
Derbyshire duo Drenge have admitted that they're "not totally overjoyed" about being drawn into a political story after they were cited in Tom Watson MP's resignation letter last week.

"It's got nothing to do with us really, we've had no involvement in it," drummer Rory Loveless told BBC Newsbeat. "It's just a guy signing off in a quirky manner and mentioning us...I'm not totally overjoyed that it happened but at the same time I don't really care. I'm glad he's a fan and that other people have discovered us through it."

"We've kind of been shown to a load of people who don't really care which is fine," he continued. "I'd rather that we hadn't and people had discovered us in their own way rather than through a news story."

Tom Watson resigned from his position as the Labour Party's general election co-ordinator last week (July 4), advising his leader Ed Miliband to listen to the band as his parting thought. Watson, who discovered the duo at Glastonbury, posted his resignation as an open letter on his website. After explaining why he felt he could no longer continue in the position as general election co-ordinator, Watson discussed his time at the Worthy Farm festival and advised Miliband to live a normal life away from politics.

"John Humphrys asked me why you were not at Glastonbury this weekend. I said Labour leaders can’t be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands," Watson wrote. "And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true. So: be that great Labour leader that you can be, but try to have a real life too. And if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge."




Drenge will release their self-titled debut album in August. Brothers Rory and Eoin Loveless's debut will come through Infectious Records and features recent single 'Backwaters' alongside 'Bloodsports', 'Dogmeat' and 'People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck'.

Following the release of 'Drenge', the duo will embark on a UK tour in September. Starting in Bath on September 12, the band will play dates in Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Reading, Penzance and Truro before ending in Milton Keynes on September 21.

The full track listing is:

'People In Love Make Me Feel Yuck'
'Dogmeat'
'I Want To Break You In Half'
'Bloodsports'
'Backwaters'
'Gun Crazy'
'Face Like a Skull'
'I Don't Want To Make Love To You'
'Nothing'
'Bye Bye Bao Bao'
'Let's Pretend'
'Fuckabout'


Drenge will play:

Bath Moles Club (September 12)
Tunbridge Wells Forum (13)
Guildford Boileroom (16)
Reading South Street Arts Centre (17)
Penzance Studio Bar (19)
Truro Bunters Bar (20)
Milton Keynes Crauford Arms (21)


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