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Music Monday: New Politics

Need a lift? Today’s Music Monday feature brought to you by New Politics.

I had an opportunity to see them during their recent tour, Ones to Watch/Skype presents New Politics/Bad Suns & Charsea before Christmas.

Photo Cred: Rick Wood

Photo Cred: Rick Wood

Tonight You’re Perfect…

With a new album ‘Vikings’ set to drop next month, February 2015 from Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boys’ new label DCD2 – New Politics are performing with abandon.

The Danish Punk Pop/Rock Trio, consisting of David Boyd – Vocalist, Soren Hansen – Guitarist & Drummer – Louis Vecchio (now residing in Brooklyn) put on one hell of a good show. The music was flawless, the set list went on for days, 19 songs.. the energy they brought to the performance was atomic.

 Tonight You’re Perfect.  This song hits the anthem feel good cords.

Normally a band saves their ‘signature’ songs for the final trifecta.. it’s actually as a photographer something I love – I will shoot the first couple of songs, but after we’re moved out – I really get to love my job. Honestly – I shoot live music, that doesn’t suck – but it’s that moment after a great set where you are completely into the music – eyes closed not so much hearing anymore as feeling. The song comes on… the one you’ve been waiting for – there isn’t anything like it. 

Opening with Tonight You’re Perfect, was pretty perfect and couldn’t have set the tone better.

In all the shows this past year, shows I’ve worked, been a fan at or passed through I can rationally say New Politics, playing the Rio Theatre in Vancouver, Canada – killed. it.

In terms of music quality, connection with the audience, random rad cover songs, and genuine love, passion and life giving performance – this show was up there with The Killers, The Foo, Priory, or Fitz & the Tantrums – all incredibly well connected, passionate REAL performers. New Politics, had the asset in my opinion of playing a small venue. The Rio itself made for an interesting atmospheric experience, an insanely gothic old movie theatre turned small venue show place, umm yes.

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Chersea

That night we heard a local electronic loop artist, self described as kinda Imogen Heap meets EnyaChersea. I personally think she is much more like the Tune-Yards.

Here is a song from her EP, Grey Matter. Song title, Grey Matter.

I was kind of rattled, Chersea played a song that night called Party Drug. (not yet available)

It was just haunting.

 I had a chance to catch up with her after the show, Chersea told me that was the first time she preformed it. It was emotional for her as she’s lost friends in the business.. Party Drug, it’s a reality. Playing it for us was therapeutic for her.

Bad Suns

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Following Chersea we heard Bad Suns, I’ve had their singleCardiac Arrest on my playlist for a few months, ‘Salt’ was another favourite that night. Christo Bowman had the crowd primed and ready. I noticed David Boyd, watching from Stage Left, looking back that should have been a sign. Mutual respect and support – it’s a cool note to see. Humility, celebration, joy in #lovebeinghere fashion. 

Headliner, New Politics

After an impacting entrance we had a the privilege of hearing another new song, ‘Loyalties Among Thieves‘ – which will be on their third album, Vikings.

(Due out next month, Feb. 2015)

Infused rap cadences? Grunge Influence from the early nineties? Nirvana’s Smells like Teen Spirit/ Turn Down for What & Baby’s Got Back… possibly one of my favourite moments. A cover of Beastie Boy’s Sabotage? Mind. Blown. There was breakdancing, crowd surfing & even a back flip off the drum kit platform. None of that compared to the intimate moment between David and his audience. Maybe compared isn’t the right word. None of that set us up for the reality check coming. An intimate moment of vulnerability and honesty. A poetic plea to the audience to believe in yourself! 

You’re so beautiful Vancouver!!

Each and everyone of you have the power –  the power to follow your dreams –  I know it sounds so cliche but you really have the ability to overcome anything. Anything with this one truth. Overcome with Dignity.

– David Boyd

It’s been a while since I can recall the effervescence of pure passion, these guys nailed it. They concluded the show which was easily 120 minutes long, with some fan favourites Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,  Just Like Me, Overcome, Goodbye Copenhagen.

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Of course the evening wouldn’t have been complete without;  & my personal favourite – to all the haters out there, the ones that said I’m nothing, this ones for you.

Lyrics, ‘Everywhere We Go’

downtown hopping fences
i smashed a window on a Lexus
now 5-0’s on my tail, but they movin’ like a snail
i got some shit to sell
but everybody’s gotta get by
i got holes in my pockets
everybody wants to stay high
so you know i got it, if you want it

this one’s for everyone that said i’m nothing
this one’s for my friends that don’t give a fuck
so if you don’t give a fuck sing:

everywhere i go, i’m higher than united, fly with me
everybody knows, there’s no sleep ‘till brooklyn, no sleep
we get high, we get by, yet we roll with it
we’ve been up, we’ve been down, we got over it
everywhere we go, we’re the kings and queens, and we run this city

i got prior offensives
you know this life it can be hectic
now it might seem like a death wish
being so young and fucking reckless

everybody’s gotta get by
i got holes in my pockets
everybody wants to stay high
so you know i got it, if you want it

this one’s for everyone that said i’m nothing
this one’s for my friends that don’t give a fuck
so if you don’t give a fuck sing:

everywhere i go, i’m higher than united fly with me
everybody knows, there’s no sleep ‘till brooklyn, no sleep
we get high, we get by, yet we roll with it
we’ve been up, we’ve been down, we got over it
everywhere we go, we’re the kings and queens, and we run this city

this one’s for the accidental lovers
this one’s for the one’s who are not in love
to my ex, to my mom, to my dad, and the teachers
my boss, and the cops, oh my god all the preachers
all the give, and the take, and the take, and the give
now we’ve taken enough, it’s enough so just sing:

everywhere i go, i’m higher than united fly with me
everybody knows, there’s no sleep till brooklyn, no sleep
we get high, we get by, yet we roll with it
we’ve been up, we’ve been down, we got over it
everywhere we go, we’re the kings and queens, and we run this city

we’re the kings and queens and we run this city

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Photo Credit: @m_Media_

Encore, we heard ‘Harlem‘.

We at LoveBeingHere will try catch up to the boys for an interview as the new album ‘Vikings’ releases next month. In the mean time be sure to check out New Politics on iTunes.

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words by | miss d

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