MP Tom Watson recommends Ed Miliband listens to Drenge as he resigns from shadow cabinet

Politician tips "awesome band" as he steps down from his role as general election co-ordinator

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MP Tom Watson has today resigned from his position as the Labour Party's general election co-ordinator, advising his leader Ed Miliband to listen to the band Drenge as his parting thought.

Watson, who discovered the duo at Glastonbury this past weekend, posted his resignation as an open letter on his website this afternoon (July 4). 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."

Watson had previously tweeted about seeing Drenge at Glastonbury and also wrote about the band for music site Noisey earlier today. Blogging about his new favourite act, Watson wrote; "Two brothers on a drum kit and lead guitar. I’m 46 years old. I should be reading submissions from the marketing people or approving some clever kid’s idea for a new campaign. But I’m in a field in Glastonbury falling in love with a bloke barely in his twenties playing the guitar like a mid-west cyclone."

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'
'I Want To Break You In Half'
'Gun Crazy'
'Face Like a Skull'
'I Don't Want To Make Love To You'
'Bye Bye Bao Bao'
'Let's Pretend'

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)

To check the availability of Drenge tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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