Australia’s musical agitators The Basics have been given official party status by the Victorian Electoral Commission for The Basics Rock’N’Roll Party.
The political alternative is touted as the upcoming election’s wild-card and is predicted to shake things up come November 29.
Formed with his Basics band-mates, Wally De Backer (aka Gotye) and Tim Heath as Office Bearers, The Basics Rock’n’Roll party started as a grassroots movement through discussion on the band’s Facebook page about the lack of leadership in Australian politics, quickly gathering the 500 members required for registration.
Party spokesperson Kris Schroeder had this to say about the creation of the BRRP: “We’ve been doing this as a last-ditch effort to inject some faith back into our failing democracy. People are so disenfranchised, so entirely exhausted of all wanton lies… Liberal to Labor, back to Liberal, back to Labor, ad nauseum forever more, it’s no wonder! These guys don’t care about Victoria”.
The Basics latest EP The Lucky Country is released this Friday and has already turned heads for its overtly-political themes.
Schroeder and The Basics Rock’n’Roll Party will officially launch their campaign on Thursday November 13 as part of the launch of Melbourne Music Week. The party has already launched a raft of policies available on their website.
The Basics – The Lucky Country Tour:
December 16th and 17th – Newtown Social Club
December 19th – Sol Bar
December 20th – Old Museum
December 27th – Corner Hotel
December 31st – Princes Wharf 1 “A Taste of Tasmania NYE”
January 1st – Cataract Gorge “The Basin Concert”
January 3rd – Rosemount Hotel
January 4th – Mojos
February 13 – Aurora Spiegeltent @ The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
Check out the official video for The Basics’ ‘Lucky Country’ here: