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04/07/2013 15:59 BST | Updated 04/07/2013 17:10 BST

Tom Watson Hat-Tips Drenge, Peak District Indie Band, In Resignation Letter

It might be the first time a rock band has been referenced in a resignation letter.

And it's certainly the first time a two-hander from the Peak District whose biggest gig was the William's Green stage at Glastonbury has been referenced in a resignation letter.

But Tom Watson, Labour's most hipster MP (apart from maybe Stella Creasy), signed off his dramatic resignation with a nod to the band, recommending them to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

No, Drenge isn't a skin condition or a Bond villain, they're a Black Keys meets Black Sabbath band who are tipped for big things, making the Guardian's list of bands who are likely future Glastonbury headliners.

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Eoin Loveless of Drenge performs on stage at Queens Social Club

Here's five things you need to know about Drenge:

  • They are a pair of baby-faced brothers, Eoin Loveless, who does vocals, guitar and Rory Loveless who drums.
  • They've toured with the Cribs and Deap Valley.
  • Drenge is the Danish word for "boys" because the band are totally into Nordic noir, but not your mainstream Sarah Lund type stuff. Oh no. It's avant-garde Danish cinema that they cite as their inspiration, and heard the name playing football with a gang from Denmark, who shouted the word as a rallying cry.
  • Bloodsports, which was Zane Lowe's Hottest Record In The World Right Now, is an heady garage-punk number with thick riffs, sounding a bit like a stripped down Queens of the Stone Age.
  • Tom Watson probably pissed them off giving them worldwide celebrity. The brothers have said repeatedly they are not seeking fame, and discussed not even releasing an album.
  • But now they probably will release an album.

    Their most recent tweet was this, perhaps a moment of premonition: