New Politics (band)

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New Politics
New Politics Band in OKC November 2010.jpg
New Politics at the Diamond Ballroom in Oklahoma City, November 2010 (left to right) Søren Hansen, Louis Vecchio, David Boyd
Background information
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Dance-rock, pop punk, alternative rock
Years active 2009–present
Labels RCA, Decaydance
Website www.newpoliticsrock.com
Members David Boyd
Søren Hansen
Louis Vecchio
Past members Poul Amaliel

New Politics is a dance-rock band from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is made up of David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio.[1][2] The band's sound has been described as a blend of "punk, pop, and electronically induced dance rock".[1] They have released two albums: New Politics in 2010 and A Bad Girl in Harlem in 2013 and are best known for their singles "Yeah Yeah Yeah" and "Harlem."

History[edit]

After writing songs together for three years for their respective solo albums (which were never produced), Boyd and Hansen realized they had a group forming. In 2009, the duo sent two of their songs ("Stress" and "Money") into the Danish National Radio P3's Karriere Kanonen ("Career Cannon") competition. Of the 973 bands that entered, New Politics was one of 42 selected to perform—despite not yet being an official band, and not having selected the final line-up. Boyd and Hansen hired Poul Amaliel to play drums. The new trio were among the top four winners and went on to play in a major music festival in Denmark.[3][4]

In November 2009, New Politics signed with RCA. After a brief UK tour, the trio went on to do a nationwide US tour.[3] Because of the group's new record deal with RCA, they decided to move to the United States. They currently reside in a loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.[1][5]

The band performed at the South by Southwest festival in March of 2010.[6] On July 13, 2010, they released their first album, the self-titled New Politics. It featured ten tracks, including their hit single "Yeah Yeah Yeah". An official video was filmed in New York City for this single. The album received a mixed review from Allmusic, who thought that the band's influences were too obvious.[7] They embarked on a 30-date tour of the US to promote the album,[4] and supported Thirty Seconds to Mars on the Into the Wild Tour in September and October 2010. They made a second video for their single, "Dignity", and released it on Myspace.com on October 8, 2010. Like "Yeah Yeah Yeah," this video was also filmed in New York City. In autumn of 2010, drummer Poul Amaliel left the band to return to Denmark.

On November 26, 2012, a song titled "Harlem" was promoted as the first single from their second album, A Bad Girl in Harlem, released on May 21, 2013.[8] In late 2013, New Politics' "Harlem" broke onto U.S. radio. Stations like Fly 92.3 began playing the song by request.

From May 28-June 26, 2013, the band served as the opening act for pop-punk band Fall Out Boy during their Save Rock and Roll Spring Tour. [9] On July 21, 2013, New Politics performed "Harlem" at Guy Code Honors at Comic-Con. The band served as the opening act for Pink during her The Truth About Love Tour at select dates until November 6, 2013.[10] [11]They also accompanied Panic! At The Disco for their Europe Tour in November 2013.

In early 2014, New Politics kicked off their Harlem, U.S.A. tour with openers Magic Man & Sleeper Agent. The tour spanned the first few months of 2014 and was their first ever headlining tour. They opened for Fall Out Boy along with The Pretty Reckless for the European leg of the Save Rock and Roll tour in 2014. They were the opening act for the 2014 tour by Paramore and Fall Out Boy, Monumentour. On September 22, 2014 the band released a new single titled "Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)". The band kicked off their headlining Everywhere I Go Tour with Bad Suns and SomeKindaWonderful on Oct. 14th in Washington, D.C. and are currently touring the US and Canada.

Members[edit]

Current
  • David Boyd - lead vocals, guitar
  • Søren Hansen - guitars, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards, programming
  • Louis Vecchio - drums, percussion, programming vocals[2]
Former
  • Poul Amaliel - drums, percussion, bass, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US Alt. US Rock US Adult US Pop
"Yeah Yeah Yeah" 2010 16 45 New Politics
"Dignity" 29
"Harlem" 2013 110[A] 4 21 39 34 A Bad Girl in Harlem
"Tonight You're Perfect" 16 25 19
"Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)" 2014 21 Vikings
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Give Me Hope" 2011 New Politics

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Harlem" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Monger, James Christopher "New Politics Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-08
  2. ^ a b Ryan, Chris (2011) "New Politics Get A New Drummer", MTV Buzzworthy Blog, 21 January 2011, retrieved 2011-01-23
  3. ^ a b "Getting to Know: New Politics". Blast: Boston's Online Magazine. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  4. ^ a b Glenesk, Matthew (2010) "New Politics' buzz just keeps building", ESPN, 14 July 2010, retrieved 2010-09-08
  5. ^ "New Politics Biography". The Official New Politics Site. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  6. ^ Jackson, Jill (2010) "New Politics Interview: SXSW 2010", Spinner, 23 February 2010, retrieved 2010-09-08
  7. ^ Sendra, Tim "New Politics Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-09-08
  8. ^ Brodsky, Rachel (20 May 2013). "Album Premiere: New Politics, 'A Bad Girl In Harlem'". MTV Buzzworthy. Retrieved 11 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Whitt, Cassie. "NK, New Politics opening on Fall Out Boy’s ‘Save Rock And Roll’ tour". Alternative Press. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Politics - Thinking about changing our band name - what to do ...". The Official New Politics Site. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  11. ^ "P!nk". Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  12. ^ "New Politics – Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 

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