News - September 4, 2014

Australian singer Gotye forms his own political party
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Australian singer Gotye forms his own political party

Gotye, best known for his huge hit single 'Somebody That I Used To Know', has formed a new political party in his native Australia. 

The singer has formed the party along with his band The Basics and has said that the party hopes to run in elections in November in their home state of Victoria.

Gotye, whose real name is Wally De Backer, has joined forces with bandmates Kris Schroeder and Tim Heath to run the Basics Rock’n’Roll party, promising to run as the antithesis to what Schroeder describes as “lifelong politicians”, reports The Guardian. 

Describing their aspirations, Schroeder said: "Politics in this country is treated like it belongs to the elite. We have these career politicians who often come from well-to-do families ... and they are groomed into becoming these lifelong politicians that have no other life experience outside of either being in the young Liberals or young Labor, and becoming a member of parliament." 

He continued: "Decisions don’t have to be made by these elite, you can just be musicians. We’ve all got higher education degrees so we’re not just musicians, but we haven’t come up through any political ideology. We just care about certain things like Indigenous affairs and education."

The party has said that it's three main principles are innovation, education and rock’n’roll. Their objectives introducing compulsory first-aid training in high schools and providing more access to music in rural areas.

Gotye is currently working on the follow-up to his 2011 album Making Mirrors. 


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