New Politics have recently wrapped up their Harlem USA tour along with openers Magic Man and Sleeper Agent. I got the chance to catch up with the band members on February 17th at their San Diego House of Blues show. The band was a blast to interview and interact with as they snorted pepper, choked on candy, and gave me girl advice. You can view and watch the interview below:
Alright we’re here with New Politics. You guys are on your tour with Magic Man and Sleeper Agent, how has the tour been so far?
Louis: Awesome. A lot of fun.
David: We couldn’t have asked for better openers than them. They warm up the crowd and then we go on and it’s like so easy. They’re ready. Ready like spaghetti.
Has there been any more pressure due to the fact that this is your first headlining tour?
Soren: I think that there has, but we have been so blown away by the response and how many of the shows have been sold out. It’s been such a crazy ride so we haven’t thought about it like that.
David: I was really nervous in the beginning. I was like, “Are they going to come to just hear Harlem?” and “Are we gonna sell any tickets?” And we’ve been upgrading our venues and we’ve been selling tickets and they’ve been singing all our songs. So, it’s nice to know that we’re a band that can stand on it’s own two feet. And we’re creating our own little universe along with our fans.
I saw you guys last year on the Rockstar UPROAR 2013 festival, and it was crazy how much energy you put into the shows. What pushes you to perform with such energy after constant touring and work?
Soren: We’ve done that since our first show, I don’t know why. I think it’s the energy of all 3 of us is like big, bad ADD all at once.
Many artists have claimed that writing, recording, and releasing their second album was more difficult due to pressures of living up to their debut album. Do you think this is true for your most recent release, A Bad Girl in Harlem?
David: Yes and no.
Louis: Of course.
Soren: It took a year for us to write the album because you have to reinvent yourself. When we wrote the first album we were in Copenhagen and we wrote about things we were talking about all the time like Human Rights and political stuff in that way. But, the sound we had before we actually recorded was super synth-y and then we recorded the album and “Yeah Yeah Yeah” kinda shaped that album. It’s very, very hard to break down the walls of how you as a band sound when you already have an album out on a major label. For me personally, it was so hard to break down the walls and realize that New Politics will always sound like New Politics because we are the ones writing and singing. But you can be inspired by other genres and that’s ok. You have to reinvent yourself but at the same time you have to stay true to yourself.
David: It’s a process. It’s really a process and you’re changing all the time. We released “Bad Girl in Harlem” in February last year and we played about 300 shows last year and now we’re going non-stop since January. So much is happening and changing and you’re growing so much as a person and you have to catch up with that when it ends. You reflect your environment and what you’ve changed. It’s just a process, like everything else.
So you guys started out in Copenhagen. [To Louis] except you were in New York. Could you describe the music scene in New York or if your parents encouraged you towards creativity and making music?
Louis: Yeah, my dad is actually a drummer and my grandfather is also a drummer. So, I grew up always having drums in my house, but I always grew up in a musical household so I didn’t have much of a choice but to be in that. In Long Island, where I grew up, the scene was like that pop-punk/emo stuff that was really popular in the early 2000’s.
Were there a lot of clubs and small venues?
Louis: Yeah a ton of small clubs so I would always play every weekend. I think it’s the same thing for you guys [to David and Soren].
Soren: I think for us growing up, you want to go to America really bad because you’re inspired by the music from here but you also see the idea of being a rockstar. For any musician, that’s a goal.
So, before the show I told some of my friends that were girls that I was going to a New Politics show and I was going to be interviewing them. And they went kind of crazy, they were like “Hey give me their numbers and I’ll give them my numbers.” What is your reaction to this large female fan base you have gained?
Louis: I’d say use that to your advantage in any way.
David: Don’t be taking my girls.
Louis: It’s flattering.
David: It’s great, we love this. All we wanna do is write music and tour. To have a large female fan base is pretty amazing. Especially when you’re single.
Soren: I also think it’s really cool too when we play the live shows, there are a lot of guys too which is really, really cool.
David: For you.
Soren: But it’s very flattering. We have a very positive, amazingly active fan base.
Louis: We genuinely try to do everything we can to keep in touch. All the internet stuff is us.
David: Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, we read it all and try to like as much and comment whenever we can.
You guys are still relatively a new band with two releases under your belt. What are your aspirations for the future of New Politics, like are there any specific places you guys want to go on tour?
David: We wanna do it all now. Now that we’ve done this, we’re also learning and becoming more experienced. We wanna try to win a grammy. We wanna perform at award shows. We want to make a #1 album. We want to make a #1 single. We wanna travel the world. We wanna do everything everyone has done and more.
Are there any styles of music you’d like to explore?
Louis: Yeah, death metal.
David: We’re very open-minded with all music. We definitely want to incorporate and explore and stuff. We do that, I mean you can tell the difference with our first stuff and our second.
Louis: It’s the coolest thing about this band. All of us listen to any type of music you can imagine.
Soren: Here’s an example, every time we go on stage we have 3 songs we need to listen to. We need to listen to Pantera’s “Unbroken.” We need to listen to “One Night in Bangkok” [sings song].
Louis: By Murray Head.
Soren: And we need to listen to System of a Down.
David: It’s like comedy mixed with a good gut feeling.
Soren: Don’t take anything too seriously, just have fun with it.
David: But do it all out with every bit of emotion you have.
Soren: With every inch of you.
Alright, well this has been New Politics. Thank you very much.
You can watch the video form of this interview below thanks to Daniel Alguire of NBD Media:
For a review and photos of the show you can click here