New Politics steals the show at SXSW

New Politics steals the show at SXSW

March 22
17:50 2017

If there was a single band I’d want to see live until I die, it would be New Politics. The band has a tough slot opening for Weezer on tour every night, and SXSW crowds aren’t always kind to opening bands.

It was pretty obvious that most of the 900 people packed into Brazos Hall for the Weezer show hadn’t heard of New Politics. However, it didn’t take the band very long to persuade the audience to jump along to their infectious beats.

The best part about New Politics is that they’re not only musically good, but they’re one of the most fun bands you’ll ever see live. The band has an energy unlike any other, and their music is one that you can’t help but at least nod your head along to.

The show felt much more intimate than many other times I’ve seen the band. There was a tangible energy in the air — a kind of electric jolt that you can’t ignore. Although the most of the crowd wasn’t singing along, they were into it, and that was enough for singer David Boyd.

Boyd is one of the most fun components of a New Politics show. The stage at Brazos Hall was a little small for his usual moves, but that was no problem. At one point of the set, he had the crowd holding him up while he sang. An interesting moment happened as a female fan also emerged, and the two held hands above the crowd. Boyd is also known for his incredible breakdancing. Since the stage space was small, he asked the crowd to step aside and make a space for him to dance on the floor.

The band played obvious favorites, opening with Everywhere I Go (Kings & Queens) and then continuing with Tonight You’re Perfect. They also covered the Beastie Boys, which was definitely a great move. It was one of the loudest moments of the night, with the crowd very comfortable hearing a song they knew.

A crowd favorite was Yeah Yeah Yeah, which is a song comprised of very few lyrics other than “yeah, yeah, yeah” which makes it quite a fast learn for crowds anywhere. It seems that when crowds know at least one word to sing along to, they’re much happier and engaging.

The band also debuted One of Us live, which had some traction with the crowd. The song was a cutesy tune about being inclusive and how everyone needs a place to call their own. The message of unity and friendship resonated well with liberal Austin. In introducing it, Boyd didn’t call out President Donald Trump directly, but it was made fairly obvious that the message was focused on people who make others feel alienated.

Harlem ended the band’s set, with a triumphant and energetic bang. It was very obvious that by the end of the set, those who didn’t know New Politics already walked away thoroughly impressed. Part of the task of an opener is to hype up the crowd for the headliner. That task was absolutely accomplished, and more.
New Politics are not a band to sleep on. Their live show is one that’s hard to rival. In a week that consists of hundreds of live acts, to be genuinely impressed by a band is a rarity. New Politics absolutely smashed all expectations.

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