He used to be “Somebody That You Used To Know.” Now he wants to be somebody that you’ll vote for.
Gotye has formed a political party in his native Australia with his band, the Basics, and are taking to Facebook to acquire enough signatures — 500, to be exact — to be eligible for election.
Goyte’s real name is Wally De Backer and he hopes to run in Victoria’s state election this November, reports The Guardian. According to the NME, the party’s “three key elements” are “innovation, education and rock’n’roll.”
Here’s more from the UK publication:
The Basics Rock’n’Roll Party’s main aims include improving indigenous education in Victorian schools, compulsory first-aid training in high schools and having more access to music in rural areas.
“Politics in this country is treated like it belongs to the elite,” Schroeder said. “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.”
“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.”
You can read the Basics’ full political statement here.