Super Best Friends are powering through the YouTube hits with their latest single Round and Round.
It's unlikely that anyone with an internet connection has missed the latest film clip from local power trio Super Best Friends. Released at the start of the week, the video for Round and Round is a veritable rogues' gallery of Parliament House fixtures, featuring star turns by everyone from the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader down.
The clip was conceived, shot and edited by the band's enterprising bassist Matt Roberts who, by day, works as a cameraman at Parliament House. It's a perfect match for the song, which takes a swipe at the repetitious churn of the 24-hour news cycle.
The combination of suited-up pollies and hard-edged local rock is not as incongruous as it may seem. Adelaide anti-pokies Senator Nick Xenophon – who is featured playing bass on top of his desk – counts Brisbane legends The Go-Betweens as his favourite band and fondly recalls following them on the pub circuit during the '80s. Deputy Labor Leader Anthony Albanese, meanwhile, is a punk fan from way back. A vintage photo on his Facebook page shows him sporting a Celibate Rifles shirt and, more recently, he was spotted in the audience at a Pogues show. As well as appearing in the clip, Albanese – along with Liberal and Greens counterparts Julie Bishop and Adam Bandt – will be living out every music fanatic's dream and hosting Rage on August 31.
The clip was always going to get attention with the cast that is has, but Super Best Friends are astounded by just how far and wide it has spread. At the time of writing, the track was powering towards 300,000 views on YouTube and Roberts had just spent the past couple of days on the other side of the camera, talking to everyone from Triple J and The Project to the BBC World Service.
''When Matt sat us down to show us the final cut, me and Adam [Bridges, drummer] were just amazed: 'We can't believe you've got the Prime Minister dancing like a funky old robot!' '' guitarist Johnny Barrington laughs. ''That was a big point: Matt always maintained that you had to get the big guns or it would be pointless. And I don't think it would have the punch without the balance across all the parties, either.''
Barrington, himself a former Triple J reporter, admits the band were wary of tying themselves to these politicians. ''We don't want to be a band with an agenda or telling people how to vote,'' Barrington says. ''Really, it was about the politicians, as humans, poking a bit of fun at themselves. Matt's been clear that it's sending up his job and, look, everything that the song deals with was a lot of the reason I took a break from political journalism.''
The fact that Round and Round has now been swept up into the very culture of quick grabs and sound bites it is attacking - possibly in lieu of actual political coverage - is not lost on Barrington either. ''Hopefully there's a serious point to be made, the fact that a little punk band can find its way onto breakfast TV and radio because of the nature of the news and the constant need for content. As much as we have been excited about it, the irony is not lost. I have been enjoying it from a cynic's point of view.''