New Politics (band)
New Politics in Oklahoma City, November 2010 (left to right) Søren Hansen, Louis Vecchio, David Boyd
|Genres||Alternative rock, pop punk, dance-rock|
|Past members||Poul Amaliel|
New Politics is an alternative rock band from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is made up of David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio. The band's sound has been described as a blend of "punk, pop, and electronically induced dance rock". 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."
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.
In November 2009, New Politics signed with RCA. They did a brief UK tour, and then went on to do a nation-wide US tour. They also decided to move to the US, because of the new record deal with RCA. They currently reside in a loft apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York.
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". They also made an official video for this single which was filmed in New York City. The album received a mixed review from Allmusic, who thought that the band's influences were too obvious. They embarked on a 30-date tour of the US to promote the album, 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" it was also filmed in New York City. In autumn of 2010, drummer Poul Amaliel left the band to go back 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. Beginning in late 2013, New Politics' "Harlem" broke onto U.S. radio. Stations like Fly 92.3 began playing the song by request.
On July 21, 2013, New Politics performed "Harlem" at Guy Code Honors at Comic-Con.
They accompanied Panic! At The Disco for their Europe Tour in November of 2013.
- David Boyd - lead vocals
- Søren Hansen - guitars, vocals, keyboards, programming
- Louis Vecchio - drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Poul Amaliel - drums, percussion, bass, backing vocals
In popular culture
- Their single "Yeah Yeah Yeah" was featured in the 2010 video game Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.
- It is also featured prominently in a 2010 commercial for Dell.
- Their hit single "Harlem" is featured in the 2013 video game NHL 14.
- "Harlem" was also featured in a trailer for the Disney movie Frozen.
- 2010: New Politics
- 2013: A Bad Girl in Harlem
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Alt.||US Rock||US Pop|
|"Yeah Yeah Yeah"||2010||16||45||—||New Politics|
|"Harlem"||2013||4||21||36||A Bad Girl in Harlem|
|"Tonight You're Perfect"||32||—||—|
|"Give Me Hope"||2011||New Politics|
- "Yeah Yeah Yeah"
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