New Politics Play at Cleveland's House of Blues
February 17th, 2018
Danish rockers New Politics brought their Lost In Translation tour to Cleveland's House of Blues Friday night. Playing to a sold-out GA crowd, the punk/pop trio had their acolytes, consisting primarily of twenty-something and teenaged girls (accompanied by their patient fathers), bee-bopping for the better part of two hours.
Lead singer David Boyd, bearing more than a passing resemblance to All Time Low's frontman Alex Gaskarth, used his animated antics to keep the energy level up throughout the band's set. Bounding across the stage like an '80s jazzercise session, Boyd's vocals were never stressed due to his manic motion. Soren Hanson, on bass and backing vocals, took up position on Boyd's right, strumming along and filling in on vocals when necessary. Hanson pulled out a piano about midset, showing off his talents at the keys. Louis Vecchio, behind the kit, proved himself a very capable drummer., setting the pace for the evening's show. Offering seven of the new album's ten tracks, the trio reflected that they're a great band to see live. Showing signs of maturity from album to album, the newer tracks like "Lifeboat" ans "Istanbul" resonated with the crowd, who sang along almost word for word.
Formed in Copenhagen in 2009, the band is starting to gain traction beyond the punkpop fanbase. Their first single, 2009's "Yeah Yeah Yeah" hit #16 on the US Alternative charts, while 2013's "Harlem" hit the #4 spot on the same chart. They headlined their own tour in 2014, and have since opened for Fall Out Boy and The Pretty Reckless. They've released a total of four albums since their inception and now make their home a Brooklyn, NY-based loft.
Powering through their twenty-song setlist, the band encored with "Yeah Yeah Yeah," leaving the audience wanting more.
Support acts DREAMERS and The Wrecks provided a fantastic warmup for New Politics, playing short sets ahead of the main event. Dreamers, a NY-based trio, is one to keep your eyes on; their infectious sound really set the stage for the night and proved that New Politics knows how to surround themselves with talented support, making sure the fans get their money's worth.
Review and photos by Brian M. Lumley