15 Aug 2012 01:19 PM EST
-by Anthony Bell, Contributing Writer; Image: A photo of Seamus by the Remember Seamus Campaign
With the political season in full swing, most musical artists are beginning to take sides—but Devo is joining in from an interesting angle, throwing in some animal activism alongside their political statement.
On August 25, Devo is scheduled to release a new track titled “Don’t Roof Rack Me, Bro! (Seamus Unleashed),” a song about Mitt Romney’s family dog, Seamus, that Romney transported on vacation in a kennel strapped to the roof of his station wagon back in June 1983.
According to the Remember Seamus Campaign, launched by Devo founder and commercial director Gerald V. Casale, the Romney family embarked on the 12-hour, 650-mile trip from Belmont, Mass., to Beach O’Pines, Ontario, with Seamus in his “roof-top carrier.” Halfway through the trip, he suffered from diarrhea—which the family only noticed as it began to leak down the car windows.
After Romney stopped at a gas station to clean the dog and the car, Seamus was put back up in his carrier for the rest of the journey.
Casale’s Seamus campaign is meant to “make 2012 the year where animals like Seamus are valued and honesty is praised,” as well as to call out Romney on his animal cruelty.
Along with the Seamus campaign, reports Rolling Stone, Casale is also supporting Dogs Against Romney by designing a special shirt for the group, as well as helping with a smartphone came titled “The Crate Escape: Seamus Unleashed,” set to be released on National Dog Day, August 26.