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Interview: New Politics On New Beginnings and Giving Back To Fans


So what do you do when you find yourself as an independent artist with several hits under your belt and the potential to do anything imaginable? New Politics are in that exact position at the moment and they’re using this time to show appreciation for the people that got them this far in the first place, the fans.

New Politics held a secret show in the back of an NYC bar. The intimate back room of Grace’s Pub was filled some of New Politics’ biggest fans and some close friends on a rainy Sunday evening. For a band that is typically wildly energetic on stage in sold out 1,000 cap rooms, this was seemingly going to be a new toned down side of them. It was the exact opposite. It was a warm, inviting, and special moment. It’s not very often that you go to a show and the minute you step through the doors the band is just there waiting to chat and mingle before their set.

We spent some time with the band before doors to discuss their growth in the past year of Lost In Translation, future plans, and anything else the witty trio could think of.

Photo Creds: Carol Simpson

Their album Lost In Translation will be celebrating its one year since release this October. The year has been full of bigger and better shows for the band, but also some crucial time apart. Throughout all of that they have grown as individuals and musicians. “The last album was the beginning of that because we moved a little away from each other and we have learned about ourselves. I think we have actually – I’m going to say something really crazy now because we are still insane and stupid – I think we have grown up a lot and I think that has helped us. That being said, we’re still idiots and we’re still the same people, but that’s good because when everyone has a story to tell it makes it more inspiring to dive in to the writing side of it. Also, us not being together at all times makes us excited to do stuff together and then we’re going to go on one tour and get tired of each other, but this is a very important step that had to happen” Soren explained to us.

That year of growth has inspired the band to take on new challenges and ideas. While they initially mentioned treating this show as an experiment to see their potential as a band that can perform acoustically, New Politics hinted at the possibility of an acoustic tour down the line. Although performing acoustically is more intimidating to the band, drummer Louis Vecchio describes it as being “naked up there” and Soren goes on to add, “When we play acoustic there are no limits. Whatever happens happens and that is really fun for us. When we started it was scary. We have really grown into loving it.”

Experimenting with a new kind of performance is very intimidating, but the band maintains a positive outlook and is hoping for the best. One thing to look forward to is how they’ll bring their usual high energy New Politics set to an acoustic setting. Although Louis joked about David swinging from the chandelier at Grace’s Pub, sadly not every venue will have that option. David says, “I’m looking forward to seeing if we can maintain that energy [while] acoustic on some of these songs. I think it will bring an interesting angle to the acoustic world. So hopefully the fans are going wild with us and screaming at the top of their lungs.”

Their fans certainly never disappoint when it comes to reciprocating energy and setting the “vibe” for the show. That is one of the main motivational factors that helps the band perform to the best of their ability night after night on tour. “if you’re not really feeling it, you will feel it as soon as you step out on stage. When you’re standing side stage and you hear people out there that are your fans and people that are ready to sing along, there is no way you’re not going to get into it” 

With an established fan base and the urge to try new things, now is as good a time as any for New Politics. David shared his sentiments about being a newly independent band, “At the end of the day we’re in a position, you know we’re out of our contract. We’re free. We’re a band that can create and do what we want. We can give back and experiment and try other outlets and things that we have been talking about for a while, but haven’t had a chance to do.” Although most plans are currently up in the air, other than the upcoming tour, the band does hope to release new songs, possibly some EPs, doing more fan centered events like the NYC pop-up show, and a more special idea of a spoken word album.

As they continue to “test the waters” they did suggest that they are already receiving offers, but choosing to take their time. Their sense of gratitude and genuine excitement to nurture the next step of New Politics could be felt throughout the whole room. One touching comment came from Louis when he mentioned the importance of something as simple as loading in his own drum for the day, “It’s also bringing us back to why we started doing this from the beginning. This is going to sound so bad, but I don’t remember the last time I carried my own drum to the show and today I felt really cool. I’m not going to lie, it felt really good. I used to do this all the time. By doing that is getting us all back together and it’s a good thing.”

With so much horizon, but nothing set in stone yet the future is bright and promising for New Politics. Check out the full list of dates for their upcoming fall tour below and see some exclusive photos from their NYC pop-up show. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for a special New Politics giveaway coming this week: @ImpressionsZine


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