If you like punk mixed with gymnastics and a dash of European boys, you’ll love The New Politics. MEB recently had the chance to email the trio of Soren Hansen, David Boyd, and Louis Vecchio to talk about their first headlining tour and some of the adventures that have been part of the experience since we all first heard their song “Harlem”.
MEB: How have you guys enjoyed the Harlem USA Tour so far and how does it feel to sell out so many shows on the tour, including your NY one?
New Politics: Our Harlem Tour has been better than anything we expected! We had no idea what to expect and seeing how many fans we’ve gained has been unreal. It feels great to hear them sing along and part with us every night.
For each of you, name some of your favorite songs you perform and why.
This varies all the time. At the moment…
LV: “Fall Into These Arms” because I enjoy the vibe of the crowd. The interaction is always awesome during that song.
DB: “Tonight You’re Perfect” and “Harlem” because the songs mean a lot to me and I love how the crowd reacts and takes it all in.
SH: “Stuck On You” because I get to play piano and the it’s the ballad on the album and the crowd always sings along.
Any pre-show rituals?
Our pre show ritual is to stand in a circle holding hands while each of us hold a five second dis-harmonic note. It helps loosen us up before we play. Then we say have a great show lets keep it fun. Then we smack each other on the buttocks and go rock. Haha
Soren, I notice you have a lot of gear you transition through on stage. Mind naming some of your favorites?
SH: My favorite piece of gear I use on stage would to be my Fender Telecaster and my Fender Stratocaster!
David, your break dancing stunts are some of the best parts of you guys’ live show, but have there been any close calls?
DB: Yes, in Sacramento I flipped off the stage not remembering I was wearing doc martens and landed on solid concrete! Almost couldn’t walk for a week. Ouch!
Louis, how does it feel to play in NY in your own stomping ground?
LV: It felt unreal to play a sold out show in NYC at Bowery Ballroom. The most exciting part for me was knowing all my friends and family were in the crowd.
What kind of inspirations do you guys use to write your music?
We use all kinds [of] inspiration to write our music. We genuinely feel that inspiration can come from [the] smallest things. Everything starts from a vibe or something we’ve gone through.
What do you guys think about the music scene in America vs. Denmark?
Both music scenes are very healthy but the American music scene is very influential at the moment. Which we are super proud to be a part of.
Last year you guys got a chance to tour with some unique artists like Pink, Fall Out Boy, and Paramore to name a few. Any stories from your tours with any of them?
Every artist we’ve toured with so far has been so inspiring. Being the young band that we are it inspires us to stay focused and keep working hard. Besides losing a break dancing battle to Pete Wentz, a back flip battle with Brendon Urie and being in awe over P!nk’s talents and Hayley Williams’ perfect face, haha, so who could ask for more!
What has been your favorite show to date?
There’s [been] so many amazing shows for us. We honestly can’t choose a favorite. From Jimmy Fallon to Hollywood Bowl with Thirty Seconds to Mars last year was a dream.
Is there any new music in the works and generally what is in store in the future?
We’re constantly inspired and writing. We’re looking forward to recording over the spring and summer. Other than that we’re focused on A Bad Girl In Harlem. We will be releasing our album in Europe with a few tours to go with. We are really looking forward to our summer tour with Paramore and Fall Out Boy.
Last question: each name your favorite NY restaurant and dish from there.
Our favorite NY restaurant:
Søren: burger from ghia in Bushwick.
David: Roberta’s off of Morgan L train.
Louis: Danny’s Pizza off the Montrose L train stop in Bushwick.