Rock music and politics have a checkered past. Politicians have used Rock songs at their campaign rallies without asking permission. They have exhibited a tendency to use Rock musicians as whipping-boys, attacking their lifestyle, attitudes, taste, motives and even their talent (implying a lack thereof). And Rock musicians have done a good job firing back.
Every now and then though, there is an odd moment of admiration. During the summer of '13, England's Labour MP Tom Watson resigned from the Shadow Cabinet (a senior group of opposition spokespeople).
In his resignation letter, Watson noted that he had been asked why he hadn't attended the recent Glastonbury music festival. He answered that "Labour leaders can't be seen standing in muddy fields listening to bands. And then I thought how terribly sad that this is true."
Then, as if to conclude that thought on an upbeat note, he added, "and if you want to see an awesome band, I recommend Drenge."
While the shout-out didn't take the group from obscurity to national fame (they were already fairly well known), it was appreciated.
Drenge, a two-piece Grunge outfit from Castleton in Derbyshire (a "picturesque village in the heart of the wonderful Peak District," claimed the Chamber of Trade), consists of guitarist/vocalist Eoin Loveless and his younger brother Rory, the drummer. They took the band's name from the Danish word for "boys."
Drenge toured extensively in the U.K. playing the major festivals, including the one in Glastonbury.
Their self-titled debut, featuring the track "Bloodsports," dropped in '13. But it was nearly a year-and-a-half before they made their U.S. network television debut on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Just a few months after the Letterman appearance, Drenge issued their second album, "Undertow," containing the single "We Can Do What We Want." The album debuted at #14 on the Official U.K. Album Chart.