Copenhagen-Based New Politics Brings Authentic Flair As Movin On’s Third Act
Third in the Movin’ On 2015 lineup was Copenhagen-based New Politics. The pop rock band described itself as “Danish as fuck,” and played to a sizable crowd midway through the festival.
Formed in 2009, the it released its first album self-titled “New Politics” in 2010 under RCA Records. Its second album, “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in 2013. The band moved to Brooklyn, NY from its native Denmark four years ago, and has been making a name for itself in the alternative scene ever since.
I’ve been a fan of New Politics since hearing its hit song “Harlem” on the radio a few years ago. Its songs are catchy as hell, and super high energy. It’s the kind of band you want to listen to when you’re kicking back drinking a beer on a sunny day, pop-oriented and light-hearted. So needless to say I was pretty pumped to see it on the lineup this year, and let me tell you – it didn’t disappoint.
The three-member group supplied an amazing amount of energy during its performance. Lead singer David Boyd put on a particularly good show, supplying some pretty impressive live vocals and equally impressive dance moves. The singer did nearly as much dancing as he did singing, using almost every guitar or drum solo to literally break dance and flip across the stage. If that’s not premium entertainment I don’t know what is. If the whole band thing doesn’t work out he could definitely make it as a professional break dancer.
It played a lively Beastie Boys cover mid-way through the set that really got the crowd movin’ (pun intended). It also played crowd favorites “Yeah yeah yeah,” “Everywhere I go, “Kings And Queens,” and “Fall Into These Arms.” At one point the lead singer literally stood on top of the crowd, asking the audience if they could hold him up, for an entire song before crowd-surfing back to the stage. It saved its most popular song, “Harlem,” for the last song of the set, which was as expected — really damn good. Though its set lasted for the better part of an hour I found myself wanting more. I tend not to expect much of live rock bands other than noisy guitars, but it was in fact polished proficiently. I wouldn’t be surprised if it came back in a few years as the headliner.
Even though much of the crowd was unfamiliar with the alternative rock group, New Politics supplied enough energy and talent to entertain those just waiting for headliners.
After today’s performance, the band will continue touring the United States until July.
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