“That was fucking awesome,” yelled a guy behind me over the boom of the crowd as New Politics finished “Life Boat” at The Ogden Theatre last night. And that comment seemed to epitomize the evening. The Danish boyband brought in a full house on the Denver stop of their 2018 tour. Dedicated fans and New Politics newbies alike felt the energy.
The band consists of lead singer David Boyd, bass guitarist Søren Hansen and drummer Louis Vecchio. The band’s sound has been described as a blend of pop and electronically influenced dance rock. Since their formation in 2009 they’ve released four albums — New Politics in 2010, A Bad Girl in Harlem in 2013, Vikings in 2015 and most recently Lost in Translation in 2017. Their hottest track to date, “Harlem,” blew up with top chart spots internationally worldwide radio play. Fortunately, their Tuesday night performance was equally as explosive.
The night began with back-to-back openers. First, Los Angeles based indie rock band The Wrecks, followed by American rock trio Dreamers. In 2014, Alternative Press named Dreamers one of their “100 Bands You Need To Know.” And Tuesday night they earned that title. With a cover of the Cranberries’ “Zombie,” and a few of their personal singles Dreamers managed to gain the attention of the crowd and seemingly prepare them to get wild with the much-anticipated headliner. Lucky for us, when New Politics took the stage it was clear they were worth the anticipation.
They came in hot just after 9:20 p.m. with “Istanbul,” off their newest album Lost in Translation. The band certainly began with a bang. Midway through their first song, everybody in the first half of the Ogden was jumping up and down, hands raised high.
“You guys look beautiful tonight, and we love giving this music to you.” – Boyd
The band was feeling themselves. They danced around the brightly lit stage with vigor and enthusiasm, spurring the entire front section to jump in unison. Lead singer Boyd, known for his sporadic breakdancing, continued to sing while sliding along the stage. And that wasn’t the end of his energy. Toward the end of the show, he woke up the front row by diving in, showing us all that he has mad love and trust for his fans.
From the start, New Politics brought electric lyrics, fat drum beats and slick dance moves to The Ogden. They presented a mix of music both new and old, and never failed to bring the enthusiasm. New Politics’ Tuesday night performance held true to their typical level of bombastic flow. The Boyband brought the beat and the bass and proved that they have the ability to raise the roof of any venue.