TV on the Radio gave Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ boosters plenty to think about on Monday night (April 18). The latest in a series of rocking rallies in support of the Democratic presidential candidate took over Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City for a brief performance that also included a few comments from actor Danny Glover and a typically fired-up speech from Sanders.
Coming on the heels of last Wednesday’s 27,000-person rally opened by Vampire Weekend and Sunday’s equally massive gathering headlined by Grizzly Bear, the TV on the Radio set featured performances of “Could You,” “Wolf Like Me,” and “Ambulance” on a stage surrounded by American flags with the expansive backdrop of Manhattan’s skyline.
On Friday, TV on the Radio singer/guitarist Kyp Malone explained to Billboard why the band had stepped up to support Sanders. “We’re taught from childhood that our freedom as Americans is inextricably linked to our living in a democracy,” he said.
“Yet in our lifetime we’ve seen democratic ideals weakened and the rise of oligarchy. Bernie Sanders is the candidate least beholden to corporate interests, least beholden to the 1%, least beholden to the status quo. Status quo of constant war, erosion of personal freedoms, insane economics that put profits over people and the health of the planet, racist drug war… the list of problems do go on. On these issues he’s on record for decades standing on the side of the people. He’s the only one in this race with that record. Bernie Sanders is the obvious choice.”
Malone added that the band was happy to do their part to help get Sanders to the White House. And given that the social democrat was trailing rival Hillary Clinton by double digits in some polls going into Tuesday’s (Apr. 19) crucial New York primary, he needed all the assistance he could get. “If we can help reach people who don’t yet know why there’s such a mounting excitement around this campaign then we’ve rocked with purpose,” Malone said. “Bernie in the White House!”
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