talking touring with new politics

We get in a hang sesh before the guys hit the road…

by Josh Madden

talking touring with new politics

I arrived at Danish alt-rock trio New Politics’ Brooklyn apartment to a sea of chaos. The band was in the midst of packing up their gear and preparing their setlist for their upcoming headlining tour. For these guys, having little time to rest and doing things last minute has become the norm -- 2013 was their busiest year. Their breakout hit “Harlem” climbed the charts last year and helped them land tours with Thirty Seconds To Mars and P!nk, along with appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live.

We wandered around their neighborhood of Bushwick, home to a lot of young artists and musicians. We came across Maria Hernandez Park and snapped a few photos and competed to see who could throw the most snowballs at the tree. After the park, we stopped by their local coffee shop for a little caffeine boost. It seemed like the band frequently visited the cafe; when the band told the barista they were heading out on tour for five weeks, he gave them some free pastries and wished them luck.

After warming up in the coffee shop, we came back to their place. They gave me a tour of their home studio where they recorded most of their sophomore album,

A Bad Girl In Harlem

. While guitarist Soren Hansen and drummer Louis Vecchio were busy programming some last-minute backing tracks for their upcoming tour, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with vocalist David Boyd more about the band.

Here is an excerpt from my conversation with David:

“We wrote the album during a period in my life where we were experiencing culture shock from leaving Denmark and coming to the states... As an artist, you’re always going to get judged for what you do, but when you give your heart, you become naked to criticism. We left everything in Denmark, our family, our friends, our girlfriends. There were periods while we were here in the states where everything was falling apart, but in the end it has all been worth it. Right as things were looking bleak for us, "Harlem" hit the charts. We feel so blessed to finally be doing our first headline tour.”

Make sure to check them out on their

upcoming tour


Magic Man


Sleeper Agent

as support, dates are below:

words and photos by

Justin Bettman

1/14 - Houston, TX @ Warehouse (



1/15 - Austin, TX @ Antone’s (Tickets)

1/16 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues Parish Room (Tickets)

1/17 - Montgomery, AL @ Rock Bottom (Tickets)

1/18 - Orlando, FL @ The Social (Tickets)

1/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room (Tickets)

1/21 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West (Tickets)

1/22 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In (Tickets)

1/23 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ (Tickets)

1/24 - Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s by the Sea (Tickets)

1/26 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel (SOLD OUT)

1/27 - Boston, MA @ Sinclair (Tickets)

1/28 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House (Tickets)

1/29 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge (Tickets)

1/30 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)

1/31 - Providence, RI @ The Met (Tickets)

2/4 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter (Tickets)

2/5 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall (Tickets)

2/6 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge (Tickets)

2/7 - St. Louis, MO @ Firebird (Tickets)

2/8 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (Tickets)

2/9 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock (Tickets)

2/11 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound (Tickets)

2/12 - Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl (Tickets)

2/15 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho (Tickets)

2/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Independent (Tickets)

2/17 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Tickets)

2/18 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (Tickets)

2/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)