Thirty Seconds to Mars, Pink, Fall Out Boy, Paramore, The Pretty Reckless are all essentially household names. What do they all have in common? New Politics, who come from Copenhagen, Denmark, have opened for all of them. And now, at the start of their second headlining tour this year, the spotlight is set on them. The Everywhere I Go Tour kicked off in Washington D.C. at the legendary 9:30 Club with support from SomeKindaWonderful and Bad Suns. The crowd was charismatic and electric.
First was SomeKindaWonderful, who had the crowd screaming in unison during their current radio single “Reverse“. It seemed that everybody was just as excited to see the opening acts just as much as New Politics. Then came Bad Suns, who’s song “Cardiac Arrest” is currently owning the airwaves. The song works great as another sing-a-long inducing crowd favorite. And then the lights dimmed again. Another set down.
New Politics was in the Washington D.C. area this summer – they played a show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in July with Fall Out Boy and Paramore. That had absolutely no effect on the energy of the crowd, who were eager to see the band in the intimate 9:30 Club. Three stage lights pulse on, signaling the three band members who make New Politics to take the stage. Drummer Louis Vecchio was first, taking his seat, his sticks in the air. Then Soren Hansen, the guitarist/bassist emerged, followed by vocalist David Boyd.
New Politics immediately started the set with “Tonight You’re Perfect”. There wasn’t a still body in the venue. Every song was as catchy as the next, and the set list continued with everybody’s favorites. New Politics played “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, “Stuck on You”, and even their new single with the tour namesake of “Everywhere I Go”.
The crowd eagerly awaited “Harlem”, the smash hit song that paved New Politics way into the spotlight, and the band would end their set without playing the song. It wouldn’t be until after the classic “walk-off-stage” false ending and protests of “one more song!” which erupted through the club that David would make his way back to the stage and announce “Okay, I guess we can do one more.” Louis lead the song in on the drums, then Soren on guitar to give way to an encore “Harlem” performance that truly rocked the house and signaled the end of one of the most well-rounded tour dates I have experienced in a while. The set was a solid kickoff to the Everywhere I Go Tour, which will leave people in the D.C. area talking about for years.