New Politics Brings The Lost In Translation Tour To Charlotte
New Politics Brings The Lost In Translation Tour To Charlotte
90’s nostalgia, high energy, and free spirited dancing is what you can expect to experience at a New Politics show. The rock group, two thirds Danish and one third American, stopped in Charlotte on Tuesday night as a part of their Lost In Translation Tour to play an intimate show at the Underground. The trio consists of David Boyd on lead vocals, Søren Hansen on guitar, and Louis Vecchio on drums. Formed back in 2009, the band has since released four albums. Their most recent album “Lost In Translation” was released on October 6 and the band has hit the ground running ever since.
New Politics had two opening bands for their Charlotte show. The first was The Wrecks, a five piece alternative indie rock band from Los Angeles. My guess is that if you haven’t heard about The Wrecks yet, you will soon.
Lead singer, Nick Anderson, owns the stage. Starting their set with “Wasted Youth”, with Anderson wearing a funky blazer with splashes of paint, I could tell that The Wrecks were a perfect addition to the Lost In Translation Tour. Having toured with other bands such as Nothing But Thieves, The Maine, All Time Low, and The Hunna, the band surely knew how to work a crowd. As the opening band for the opening band, this can often be a tough task.
By the third song, Anderson was jumping out into the crowd and shaking his hair to the beat of the music with fans. Anderson was very humble and thanked the fans multiple times for showing up and jamming out to their set. Anderson claimed he had woken up at 4:00pm on the day of the show not knowing what to expect, but after playing a few songs his expectations were surpassed. One of my favorites from the band’s set was “James Dean”. It reminded me of something Cage the Elephant might sing but with a twist. The Wrecks ended with “Favorite Liar”, their most popular song with over nine million streams on Spotify.
Next up was Dreamers, hailing from New York. The trio describes themselves as “a modern-day Weezer, or Nirvana with a candy-coated exterior.” Dreamers appeared to have a large Charlotte following. The crowd cheered for their hit song “Sweet Disaster”. Singing many of the songs off their debut album from 2016, This Album Does Not Exist, the band won the hearts of many Queen City residents.
Although their set was short, Dreamers squeezed in a cover. Lead singer, Nick Wold introduced the song by saying “this is for Dolores, sing along if you know it” and proceeded to play The Cranberries’ “Zombies”, of which Dreamers also released the cover on all streaming services.
Joining All Time Low for a few dates in April this band will continue to pop up your Instagram, Facebook, and news feed. Prior to exiting the stage, Dreamers gave high fives to the crowd and Wold skimmed his guitar neck over the front row letting them all touch it before the leaving the stage.
Both Dreamers and The Wrecks headed to the merch stand after their set to meet fans and looked just as happy to see the fans, as the fans were to meet them.
Having seen New Politics play at a large festival in Jacksonville, Florida to an arena-sized crowd back in December, I was interested to see how they would tackle a more intimate performance. The band opened up with “Istanbul” which is featured on their most recent album “Lost In Translation”. The strobe lights flashed as Vecchio walked over to the drums and Hansen picked up his guitar while Boyd danced onto the stage. The flashing lights combined with Boyd’s contagious energy immediately set the mood for the night. Fans of all ages jumped up and down, screaming for the trio.
The stage was set with a floral backdrop, with the same pattern as the one present on their album cover. There was also a considerable amount of space left for Boyd to dance on stage. After opening up with “Istanbul”, the band dove straight into “Everywhere I go (Kings & Queens)”. Now, when I say Boyd danced, I am not saying jumping up and down and moving his arms; Boyd break danced, spinning around on his head upside down. The. Crowd. Loved. It. Needless to say, if New Politics ever takes a turn for the worse, they have a great plan B as touring dancers.
Within the second song, Boyd dove into the crowd, using the exposed ceiling as monkey bars to climb into the audience. If there’s one thing New Politics makes sure to do at their shows, it’s interact with their fans. New Politics constantly had the audience engaged as they had them clapping their hands, singing choruses, and dancing.
As Tuesday was a dreary day for Charlotte, cold and rainy (it even snowed and hailed on my way to the venue), New Politics was able to give the city some color and optimism. Towards the middle of their set, they played “Color Green”, a song Boyd wrote for his 10 month old daughter, Wolfgang. He joked before playing the song and said “I’m not allowed to cuss anymore because I have a baby.” The lights shined a vibrant green on the audience as they swayed their hands in the air singing “Color green, color green, the grass is red from all the cherry trees, velveteen, velveteen.”
The trio was ecstatic to play Charlotte. Hansen said to fans before playing “Tonight You’re Perfect” a little flirty, but equally heartwarming sentiment: “We live for these kind of intimate punk shows.”
For the “last song”, New Politics played “Harlem”, their most popular song which was released back in 2013 on their sophomore album, “A Bad Girl In Harlem.” As the band left the stage, fan’s screams reached a volume so loud, it was deafening.
For New Politics’ last song, they played their first single released “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” and invited Dreamers and the Wrecks back onstage to help them sing it. Passing the microphone around, each band poured their hearts into the song and gave every last ounce of energy they had left to close out the night.
New Politics is a band that loves what they do and their passion for music shines at their live shows. The band has a few dates left on tour so, if New Politics is coming to a city near you, make sure to check them out!
We’ll see all you New Politics fans at Irving Plaza in New York on Tuesday. Make sure to follow our instagram to see the scene from the show, #twitfromthepit, and keep up on all things Shutter!