Interview: Louis Vecchio of New Politics talks ‘Vikings’

By Patrick Bogans

November 4, 2015

It’s fun to think about New Politics as a new and fun political rock party. The three-piece came in out of left field and added their distinct music style to the already refreshing new rock genre. After breaking out with their groovy-hype hit “Harlem,” the Danish band, made up of David Boyd (vocals/guitar), Søren Hansen (guitars) and Louis Vecchio (drums), began to ride a huge wave of the alternative popular vote. The song appeared on “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” their 10-track sophomore album full of great dance rock tracks mixed with some anthemic, emotional ones. The album declaratively showed that maybe a few traditional “emo” teenagers can learn to love themselves, and to shake their hips a little, too.

New Politics has been on top of their game ever since– touring early on with Twenty One Pilots and 30 Seconds to Mars. They supported tenured punk rockers Paramore and Fall Out Boy for the Monumentour last summer, and have completed plenty of headlining stops of their own across the world.

It didn’t take long for the guys to come out with their third album, “Vikings,” released this past August. And the fans are digging it. The album’s two singles so far – “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)” and “West End Kids” – continue to thrive, representing the loud, fun catchiness that is New Politics.

Though these alternative rockers may seem like an overnight success, David, Søren and Louis were trying hard to find their own rhythm long before “Harlem” hit. This whole rollercoaster ride has been one of plenty of ups and down, as Louis Vecchio explains, but this crew has always been wired to look at the bright side of everyday.

Photo by Max Schwartz
Photo by Max Schwartz

CLTure spoke with Vecchio about New Politics’ wild last few years and their latest endeavors with “Vikings,” all before they stop at the Fillmore Charlotte this coming Monday. Read our chat below that touches their life before “Harlem,” the process of making “Vikings,” and how the band is just so damn energetic.

CLTure: What was it like to see the success of “Harlem” and “Tonight You’re Perfect” a couple years ago?

Louis Vecchio: It was great. We took a little bit longer than we were supposed to take writing “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” and for that entire time, things got rough. We were living off of white bread and ramen, really roughing it out in New York during the winter, which is awful.

We went out on the road with Twenty One Pilots at the time, and that’s when “Harlem” hit. It was the greatest feeling in the world. I’ll never forget the first time we heard the song on the radio.

We were all sleeping in the bunks and the song comes on the radio, like really low. I thought someone had their iPod on, but KROQ was spinning it. It was an incredible feeling. We got lucky, we worked hard, all the stars aligned. We’re still riding now. We’re still going.

CLTure: Vikings seems like a natural extension to “A Bad Girl in Harlem” – how did everything come together for this one? Seems like a quick, “Let’s keep this going” kind of thing?

LV: Yeah, and that’s exactly what the mentality was. We came from writing “A Bad Girl in Harlem,” which was a very hard time for us. Next thing you know, it’s two years later and we’re on this tremendous tour with Fall Out Boy and Paramore, the Monumentour, and it comes time to write a record, and we’re writing a record on the back of a bus.

By the time we were ready to go into the studio next, we had everything down already. Our headspace as a band, and as people, it was just different. We didn’t try to put ourselves in a box or try to write hit songs. We wrote what we thought was cool, and luckily people are liking it.

CLTure: Songs like the hidden track “Bitch I’m Gold” really capture how you guys are carefree and along for the ride. You guys are really happy and energetic and positive; where does that stem from, for you at least?

LV: We’re just wired like that to be honest with you. There’s no secret to how we do what we do. I wake up, have cup of coffee and I have a smile on my face. It’s the same thing with David and Søren. Obviously, everyone has their days, but I think that the three of us realize that we’re so grateful and so lucky to be in the position that we are in, and to be given the chance we’ve been given.

We have such an appreciation and love for what we do that there’s really no reason at the end of the day to be upset or not be positive.

Photo by Max Schwartz

CLTure: How is it being up there on the stage, playing the new songs from “Vikings”?

LV: It’s been unreal. You’re always nervous when you start playing new material. The first couple days of the tour, we were still figuring stuff out and still trying to get into the groove of things. Once we got that locked in, it’s like, “Oh okay, here we are again.” It was like getting back on a bicycle, and I know how to pedal.

We’re getting really great feedback– probably the best reaction that we’ve had on any one of our records thus far. “Vikings” is killin’ it. “Girl Crush” is going over so well. It’s like a growth record for us. It reminds me of how much we’ve grown up as musicians and writers, and people in general. It’s really flattering to see people enjoying what we’re doing.

CLTure: What can Charlotte expect when you guys come to the Fillmore with Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness on Monday?

LV: Oh, it’s going to be a party. Between us and Andrew, there’s no way you’re going to be sitting still.

Catch the Wilderness Politics Tour this Monday, November 9 at the Fillmore Charlotte, featuring New Politics, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Griswolds and Lolo.

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