New Politics @ The Paramount 11/25/2015

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As the lights in the Paramount slowly became brighter, New Politics rushed out onstage with its lead singer, David Boyd, waving around a flag similar to that of the national flag of Denmark, but with “New Politics” printed on it instead. Once the fanfare quieted down, the Danish band immediately started off with “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens),” which really riled up the already crazed audience. They then threw it back to NP classic, “Give Me Hope” and followed that up with “Tonight You’re Perfect.” During the later, Boyd leaped off the stage and joined the fans at the barricade in front, who all squeezed together simultaneously to get a bit closer to the vocalist. Once back on stage, the band brought out The Griswolds’ Christopher Whitehall to join them on “50 Feet Tall,” off the band’s latest album, Vikings, almost bringing down the venue. During the song, the pure joy that radiated off of every person on stage was captivating. As Whitehall, Boyd, and guitarist Søren Hansen ran around with Louis Vecchio on drums, it was hard not to smile while watching these four perform together.

The band then took a moment to acknowledge that this show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York was a homecoming show for New Politics drummer, Louis Vecchio, who is originally from Farmingdale – just a 15 minute drive away. The mere mention of the fellow Long Islander’s roots brought riotous cheers to the venue but especially so from what looked like Vecchio’s family standing in the balcony above. It was a sweet moment to see the elation on Vecchio’s face as he stood up for a standing ovation from the entire venue. Boyd prefaced the moment by stating that, “This is the one show he’s been talking about all tour.” Afterwards, Boyd told the venue that their family wasn’t only just the members of New Politics themselves but that it also consisted of Lolo, The Griswolds, and Andrew McMahon. He then shared a bit about the band’s history, with two of its members hailing from Copenhagen, moving to Brooklyn, with all this leading into the band’s next song, “Berlin.”

“Overcome” and “Fall Into These Arms” followed suit with a newly shirtless Søren Hansen on ukulele. My personal favorite from the band’s Vikings album, “Stardust,” played with Hansen on piano that really melted my cold, cold heart. Things took a curious turn for a moment when Hansen started playing Haddaway’s “What Is Love” but it proved to be another lighthearted moment during the band’s rambunctious performance. The entire set culminated with a guest appearance from Andrew McMahon and a rendition of “Yeah Yeah Yeah” that provided one lucky audience member with the New Politics flag, thrown into the audience by Boyd himself. This performance at the Paramount proved that New Politics should always be the way to start the Thanksgiving festivities. And if you’re unsure about how festive New Politics can really get, just look at David Boyd’s proudly donned turkey socks.

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