Talking Politics With New Politics

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

monumentour.png?w=474&h=521So I know I’ve posted about them before but I think that New Politics is definitely worth multiple posts. Especially seeing as they are doing their first headlining tour here, the Harlem USA Tour. Not to mention they’re already lined up to join Fall Out Boy and Paramore on the Monumentour! They’re definitely on their way up in the world and after seeing them perform here in Florida this weekend I can’t say I’m surprised. The group has an excellent stage presence. Plus they are just really friendly guys, I got an interview with them earlier this year for a different blog I was working for but because of a conflict of interest it was never posted. Since it wasn’t posted on that other site I thought I’d share it with you BTs.

Keep Learning Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

PS. It is super long or it felt that way when I was typing it up.

Interview with New Politics Members: David Boyd, Søren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio

TBITHS: What is your guilty pleasure song?

Louis :Yeah, probably Ke$ha. I enjoy Ke$ha a lot.

TBITHS: She is catchy.

Louis: Yeah she is. What about you guys?

Søren: My first guilty pleasure was almost definitely Ace of Base.

David: They did sell like thirty million records, that means everyone’s guilty.

TBITHS: Yeah everyone’s got a little Ace of Base hidden somewhere.

Søren: Well I had like long hair and I was really into harder stuff like Metallica but I got this tape recorder and I had a tape that had two sides on there. The one side it was “Enter Sandman” by Metallica and then the other side was that ace of base song.

David: I Saw The Sign?

Søren: No, not I Saw the Sign. It was umm—(Sings “All that she wants is another baby.”) I just love that song, it’s so good.

2558David: My guilty pleasure at the moment, well I’ll listen to a lot of the underground and stuff on the internet, but then every once in a while I’ll listen to top 40 and there will be a song that makes me say wow this is a great little melody. It’s like a feel-good song. There’s this R&B/Hip Hop song called Crickets. I’m not sure who it is but I listen to that one and thought wow this is really great. But it’s one of those guilty guilty ones. Like only listen to it in your head phones, not tell anyone.

Søren: But we love music, we really do. And you know what it’s funny with this time that we’re living in now that there’s no rules anymore you don’t have to have a guilty pleasure anymore. If you like a certain king of music you just have it on your iPod or Spotify. You can mix it with stuff you grew up with and whatever you want. The same applies to writing an album now. It’s like why would you have to like one type of music anymore than another especially when everything is available to you.

David: Yeah as long as it’s honest and from the heart.

TBITHS: You guys like to mix genres a lot in your own music right?

David: Absolutely. That’s one of the things with us being song writers, we also have a respect for a good song, it doesn’t mean we have to be fans of that artist but a good song is a good song.

Søren: I would say song writing wise that we listen to Rihanna more than a lot of other stuff, like that kind of world. But it’s funny cause we’re definitely a punk band at heart but it comes out more in songs intentions like if it means something then it’s good.

TBITHS: I read in another interview that you guys [David and Søren] actually met through your lyric writing, right?

David: Yeah, we were both doing music and we met in a studio. We went to lunch together and we were complaining about the song we were doing which wasn’t ours, but of course we had to be right about it. So we were complaining about how we weren’t getting our way.

Søren: Looking back at it yeah that’s exactly what it was.

David: But we started singing each other songs. Every time he would sing a song I’d be like “oh my god that’s a hit.” And every time I would sing he’d be like “Yeah that’s really good.” So we ended up deciding to meet up and try writing some stuff together. We just clicked really well and had three really good ideas right there.

Søren: We became really good friends within a week.

David: Yeah but we don’t take ourselves too seriously and have the same sense of humor. We have a lot of fun.

TBITHS: And that really shows in your performance. I saw you guys at the New Now Next Awards and you looked like you were having the time of your lives.

Søren: Yeah and you know the funny thing is that humor is one of the great ways to break down the barriers. And there are just so many of them that I don’t get. Like how can anyone have a problem with like gay marriage? It’s insane.

David: But we’re also from Denmark.

Søren: Yeah, where we’re from it’s really different. But for us to get to go to the New Now Next Awards was a cool statement for us. Like we’re not gay but at the same time it’s like why would anyone have a problem with it.

David: But also Love doesn’t have to be male or female, it’s just an emotion.

Søren: And this is a cool time we live in because as the generations change we’re going to see so many things looked upon with different eyes. I think it’s a very interesting time.

2556David: You can see it happening like I have a friend in Denmark that has been together with his husband for like twenty-five years. And that’s longer than a lot of straight couples I know. And it’s just like these guys are proving that it’s not a big deal. But I’m not even just speaking about gay marriage, but all kinds of differences in equality. When you see that those boarders are broken and it doesn’t do anything but bring more people together than how can it be a problem?

Søren: Yeah and in Denmark there was a problem with integration. Like a lot of Muslims came over and they are some of the nicest people but the integration just completely failed and it has a lot to do with belief. Not being able to accept different beliefs and it goes both ways. When you look back on it, you can see how it happened. I don’t even know how we started talking about this but now we’re on a rampage. But I just know that the only thing unfortunately that will really establish a real integration is time

David: It’s also your ability to give in to experiencing it. And when I say experiencing I don’t mean you have to do it, but giving in to the whole emotional change. But change is always hard, cause you going out of your safe haven.

Søren: [Starts laughing] I just gotta laugh cause now we’re started with this and poor Louis—

David: Louis is the American in our group.

Louis: I’m actually not a quiet person but because I’m next to them I seem way more quiet.

TBITHS: Is it a culture thing, do you guys notice your cultural differences a lot?

Louis: Not a lot. There are certain things, like their sense of humor is awesome, I love it but when we’re in a restaurant and they’re saying words like cock and stuff really loud we Americans would be like “Shhh!”

David: But that also has to do with that we’re just kids that don’t really care. It’s not like we can say that all Scandinavians are like that. But we [the band] do have a liberal side that we don’t take it too serious. But we clicked really quickly too. Louis and I became like brothers over night. When I say that I mean literally. We had a sixteen-hour drive from New York to Detroit. Søren slept through the whole thing, just like “are we there yet?” “No.” [Snoring noise.]

Louis: David was up the whole time, cause they don’t have a license, only I had one.

David: So he was driving and told me the only way he was gonna make it the whole time is if someone’s talking to me. So by the time we got there he knew my whole life story.

Louis: Yeah that’s when we really bonded was on that sixteen-hour drive.

David: And we all have the same goal like. We’ve all been doing this since we were young and all want the same thing so that really helped us to bond quickly.

TBITHS: So now do you [Louis] help with writing the songs too?

Louis: Yeah well they had a different drummer before for the first album but this new album was definitely a collaboration. I mean these guys are the masters when it comes to the melodies.

Søren: It’s funny that he’s saying that because we wrote so many songs, it was really hard for us to write this album because we had built these walls around what New Politics was. And I was one of the biggest defenders of that but with Louis, looking back at it, the songs that he liked were the ones that made it on to the album. Him saying “I love that” actually made us want to work on the song more.

David: We’re so inspired, when we do stuff like the basic demo but then to have him bring in his rhythms in to it and add his ideas it shows that every song has become what it is because of everyone’s contributions.

TBITHS: And after putting so much work into each song do you guys have one on the album that is your favorite?

Søren: Well they are all so important. Every single song is about our journey, like our traveling here and the culture shock and the things we lost. We’re just so proud of this album. Off the first album I’d easily be able to say that “Dignity” was my favorite but on this album I don’t have a favorite. I really don’t.

David: And on thing about when we write is that there is a lot of diversity. You have “Just Like Me” which is a punk song then you have the more pop songs and the ballads. It really let us explore our ability to write songs and take advantage of the opportunities in our lives. Some of these songs have gone through everything, heaven and hell, with us. Like “Overcome” we had set at the beginning but we kept coming back to it because, just like a lot of these songs, it went through this whole period with us. They’re all just really great songs. But if I listen to the album now I think that I’m really most proud of “Overcome” because I think it has a lot of feeling in it. And I hope that it can be felt by anyone going through hardship.

TBITHS: I can see why it would be hard to pick. When I first listened to the album my favorite song changed almost everyday.

Louis: And that’s exactly how the album came about, like every song was in a different area or feeling.

TBITHS: That’s really cool. We have to wrap things up. You guys are awesome and I hope your tour rocks.

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