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 in 2010. From left to right: Søren Hansen, Louis Vecchio, David Boyd.
Background information
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Years active 2009–present
Members David Boyd
Søren Hansen
Louis Vecchio
Past members Poul Amaliel

New Politics is a Danish rock band from Copenhagen, formed in 2009. It currently consists 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 three albums: New Politics in 2010, A Bad Girl in Harlem in 2013 and Vikings in 2015 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.[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 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 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 & Queens)", the first single from their forthcoming album Vikings, under their new labels, DCD2 Records (formerly Decaydance) and Warner Bros. Records.[12] 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.

In April 2015 the band recorded their hit "Everywhere I Go" in a made-up language, Simlish, for the popular game 'The Sims 4', bringing them more popularity to a different demographic. On May 5, 2015, the band released "West End Kids" as the second single from Vikings and announced that the album would be released on August 14, 2015.[13] In October the band joined Andrew McMahon with special guests The Griswolds, as well as fellow DCD2 artist LOLO on 'The Wilderness Politics Tour'. It began in Seattle, WA and ended in Philadelphia, PA in November, 2015.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • David Boyd – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, programming (2009–present)
  • Søren Hansen – bass guitar, guitar, vocals, keyboards, programming (2009–present)
  • Louis Vecchio – drums, percussion, programming, backing vocals (2010–present)
Former members
  • Poul Amaliel – drums, percussion, bass guitar, backing vocals (2009–2010)


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Label Chart peaks
US[14] US Heat[15] US Rock[16]
2010 New Politics
  • Release date: July 13, 2010
RCA Records 9
2013 A Bad Girl in Harlem
  • Release date: May 21, 2013
129 1 34
2015 Vikings
  • Release date: August 14, 2015
DCD2 Records/Warner Bros. Records[17] 129


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US[citation needed] US Alt.[18] US Rock[19] US Adult[20] US Pop[21]
"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 23 19
"Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens)" 2014 19 28 Vikings[23]
"West End Kids" 2015 25
"Girl Crush" 31
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other Charted Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US[citation needed] US Alt.[18] US Rock[19] US Adult[20] US Pop[21]
"Give Me Hope" 2010 46 11 42 New Politics
"Nuclear War" 20 63
"My Love" 65 11 26
"Berlin" 2013 8 55 A Bad Girl In Harlem
"Just Like Me" 57 10 15
"Fall Into these Arms" 34 40
"15 Dreams" 2015 53 11 47 Vikings
"Loyalties Among Thieves" 18 80
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  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 of the Hot 100 for songs that have not yet reached the main chart.[22]


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  4. ^ a b Glenesk, Matthew (2010) "New Politics' buzz just keeps building", ESPN, 14 July 2010, retrieved 2010-09-08
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  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. ^ Montgomery, James. "Pete Wentz Relaunches Decaydance Records". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Payne, by Chris (July 29, 2015). "New Politics Battle Fall Out Boy & Brendon Urie in 'Mortal Kombat'-Style 'West End Kids' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-12-03. 
  14. ^ "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard 200 for New Politics. 
  15. ^ "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Heatseekers for New Politics. 
  16. ^ "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Top Rock Albums for New Politics. 
  17. ^ Kuchik, Natalie (October 15, 2014). "New Politics announce a new album 'Vikings'". AXS. Retrieved August 17, 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Alternative Songs for New Politics. 
  19. ^ a b "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot Rock Songs for New Politics. 
  20. ^ a b "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Adult Pop Songs for New Politics. 
  21. ^ a b "New Politics Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Pop Songs for New Politics. 
  22. ^ "New Politics: Harlem – Chart Performance: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  23. ^ "The Alt In Our Stars Podcast: New Politics Preview New Album 'Vikings'". Billboard. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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