Frontman Matt Berninger speaks out after ad uses their track 'Fake Empire'
The National have responded angrily after one of their songs was used in a video advert for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
A group called Ohio University Students For Romney used the band’s track ‘Fake Empire’, from their 2007 album ‘Boxer’, as the soundtrack to a video promoting the Republican politician’s candidacy. The clip was previously able to be viewed via YouTube, but has now been been made into a ‘private’ video and is not available to members of the public.
The National have long been supporters of current US President Barack Obama and, unsurprisingly, have reacted with disdain to their music being used in the video. Pitchfork reports that the band’s frontman Matt Berninger posted a comment on YouTube in response to the advert, writing: “Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing.
“We encourage all students to educate themselves about the differences between the inclusive, pro-social, compassionate, forward-thinking policies of President Obama and the self-serving politics of the neo-conservative movement and Mitt Romney,” he added. “Every single person involved in the creation of the music you’re using is voting for President Obama.”
Earlier this month (October 6), The National revealed that they have received hate mail for supporting Obama’s campaign for four more years in the oval office, with guitarist/keyboardist Aaron Dessner claiming that they were sent insulting messages on Facebook for playing a Democratic campaign rally for the incumbent President in Des Moines in September.
Despite the criticism, however, the Brooklyn group have been adamant about standing by their decision to publically support Obama as the election is “more important than any rock band”.
The National return to the UK this December to headline All Tomorrow’s Parties. The three-day festival will return to its original venue, Pontins in Camber Sands, after Butlins in Minehead ended its contract with the festival. The band will host the event on December 7-9.
The line-up also includes Kronos Quartet, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Boris, Tim Hecker, Sharon Van Etten, My Brightest Diamond, Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Megafaun, Suuns, Local Natives, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Michael Rother presents the music of Neu! & Harmonia, Deerhoof, Menomena, Nico Muhly, Stars Of The Lid, Youth Lagoon, Perfume Genius, Bear In Heaven, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion), Kathleen Edwards, Hauschka, This Is The Kit, So Percussion and Hayden.