Drenge 'not totally overjoyed' at MP recommendation

07/07/13

Drenge

The band mentioned in an MP's resignation letter say "they're not totally overjoyed" at being drawn into a political story.

When Tom Watson resigned last week, his closing sentence advised his boss, Labour leader Ed Miliband, to check out Drenge.

Drenge are two brothers from Castleton in Derbyshire, similar in style to the Black Keys and White Stripes.

Eoin plays guitar and sings while brother Rory plays the drums.

They were abroad when the news circulated about their new politician fan.

"It's got nothing to do with us really, we've had no involvement in it," explains drummer Rory.

Tom Watson MP
Image caption Drenge are glad Tom Watson is a fan

"It's just a guy signing off in a quirky manner and mentioning us."

'Awesome band'

In Tom Watson's resignation letter, he explained how he was speaking to Radio 4 news presenter John Humphrys at Glastonbury.

John Humphrys asked why Labour leader, Ed Miliband wasn't at the music festival.

To which he replied: "Labour leaders can't be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands."

He added in his resignation letter: "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."

Many say any publicity is good publicity but maybe that isn't the case for Drenge.

"I'm not totally overjoyed that it happened but at the same time I don't really care," drummer Rory told Newsbeat.

Drenge

"I'm glad he's a fan and that other people have discovered us through it.

"My mum's a fan but when she says she is a fan to her mate there's no media storm over that."

Rory added: "We've kind of been shown to a load of people who don't really care which is fine.

"I'd rather that we hadn't and people had discovered us in their own way rather than through a news story."