Copenhagen trio New Politics haven’t just charmed their way to success. The humble group released their self-titled debut record back in 2010, but the LP that helped them gain the ever-growing fanbase they have today is their latest release, A Bad Girl in Harlem –-an upbeat and anthemic album filled with sing-along melodies and joyous lyrics.
This passion, joy, and love shown in their music also shined through in my recent phone interview with New Politics’ David Boyd. Ahead of their show in Toronto at The Opera House (on January 28th), we spoke about the Harlem USA Tour, shooting a video in a hot spring in Iceland, culture shock, and more. Dive into our conversation below:
AMBY: You’re currently on the Harlem USA Tour. How’s that been treating you?
New Politics: It’s been amazing! We’re so blown away, all of us, by how the response has been. We’ve been selling out venues and we have so many more fans than we thought we would have [laughs]. They sing all of the songs from our album, A Bad Girl In Harlem, so it’s not just one song they sing along to; it’s the whole album which really makes it personal and it’s great.
AMBY: I’m glad to hear it’s going so well. What would you say is your favourite part of being on tour?
New Politics: I think at the moment, what we’re really enjoying is seeing the growth of all of the hard work we’ve put in. It’s really becoming more and more of a reality that we’re on our way to becoming a proper and legit band that can stand on its own feet. We’re slowly forming and building our foundation on things; we have our own fans now and that stuff is all exciting. Thing are looking better.
AMBY: This tour takes you through Toronto next week, then New York, and later on to California. Which city do you look forward to playing the most?
New Politics: We honestly love it all and that a lot of the venues are these unexpected and incredible spots. I don’t think I have a favourite, I think we’re just excited for the whole tour. The biggest thing that we like seeing, for us, we like selling out venues. That’s what we’re hoping for is to eventually sell-out as much as we can. Toronto is the only place we’re touring in Canada, right?
AMBY: I believe so, yes.
New Politics: Yea, and New York is going to be great to play. I know that DC sold out, Chicago sold out, there’s Milwaukie, Vermont. It’s great.
AMBY: It was recently announced that you’re touring with Fall Out Boy and Paramore this summer, and that’s a pretty nice line-up. However, who would be in your dream line-up?
New Politics: Ohh, from anyone dead and alive?
New Politics: Wow, that would be pretty wild.
New Politics: I think maybe it would be awesome to tour with The Beatles, The Clash…
AMBY: Of course!
New Politics: Umm… Nirvana. That would be a pretty sick line-up [laughs].
AMBY: It definitely would. Well, I have one last touring question for you. What’s the funniest thing to happen to New Politics at a show?
New Politics: At a show there’s been quite a few. The funniest thing or just something bizarre?
AMBY: Either works.
New Politics: I think the wildest thing so far is having the whole crowd sing our song. That’s been so surreal. I remember us playing in Seattle when our song peaked… We went on stage and played the song and it was so loud there with three thousand people just singing it at the top of their lungs. You didn’t even need a microphone, it was so loud. That was a really great feeling. Then there’s been a bunch of funny things; falling off stage, smashing your face into the ground [laughs]. There’s been a ton.
AMBY: [laughs] You recently released a stunning new music video for Tonight You’re Perfect which was shot in Iceland. What was the best moment you had while creating the video?
New Politics: I really liked being in the water because it was a hot spring and it was pretty cold. It kind of was a fun but intimate scene and I liked that.
AMBY: That song is off of your second album A Bad Girl In Harlem which was released in early 2013. What are your thoughts on the record now that there’s been almost a year to reflect on it?
New Politics: Looking back at it, it was just an incredible journey. It really reflects the culture shock of us moving to America from Denmark and the experience of touring with all of these amazing bands; whether it’s Pink, Thirty Seconds to Mars, or Fall Out Boy, or Panic! At the Disco, you know. All of the amazing bands we met at festivals; Imagine Dragons, Atlas Genius, or whatnot. Just reflecting on the whole change of lifestyle and what we’ve gone through, grown, and become is mushed in that one album, A Bad Girl In Harlem. It really reflects that period in our lives; we lost our girlfriends, we moved from home to a place starting from scratch, we ran out of money at one point. We felt like giving up and kept pushing ourselves to develop our sound and try new things and work on lyrics. It all worked out amazing, it really worked out for the better definitely. Looking back, it’s just… crazy.
AMBY: It’s definitely well deserved, congrats. I know you’ve been busy on tour for a while now, but what’s next as far as releases go? Have you started writing any new material?
New Politics: We’re writing all of the time, we always do that. But until we seriously start writing, putting in production, basic vibes, and stuff like that, I think that’s going to be a little while. We’re slowly getting into it now by writing stuff on guitars and stuff like that, but this year we’re definitely going to start writing a lot more.
New Politics: We’re excited for that.
AMBY: When we interview bands, we always like to ask about what music they’re into. Who have you been listening to lately?
New Politics: I haven’t listened to a lot in the last few months because I actually lost my laptop. I’m having trouble on my iPhone, I can’t install Spotify. So, I do listen to the new National album, and I listen to a lot of the new Kings of Leon album. That’s in the last two months.
AMBY: At least you can indulge yourselves in the music by the artists you play with on tour.
New Politics: Absolutely. Just break out the guitar and we can mess around [laughs].
AMBY: Definitely [laughs]. I noticed that you have an extremely tight fanbase, and it’s always great seeing artists interact with their fans as kindly as you do. With that said, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
New Politics: We’re so excited to see all of this come together and we couldn’t ask for a better fanbase and fans than we have, and we’re so glad that they are a part of this dream. We can’t wait to meet everyone and sing all of these songs, because that’s what it’s all about. We’re really excited, and blessed, and humbled, and glad to have the people supporting us that we do.
AMBY: For the last question, what’s the best part of being in New Politics?
New Politics: The best part about being in New Politics is….. That’s a really great question.
AMBY: Thank you.
New Politics: The best part would be, wow. Let me see. The best part is our friendship and our common goal.
Thank you New Politics, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout