New Politics: You don't have to follow your parents
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Danish punk rockers New Politics have grown substantially since their move to New York just three years ago. Since then, the trio developed a sound that incorporates pop and punk, and a bit of their pissed-off leanings when it comes to the issues of the day.
Tonight, they are thrilled to open for Fall Out Boy at Myth. Gimme Noise spoke with lead singer David Boyd during one of his rare downtimes to reminisce about his native city of Denmark, band growth, and some new politics of his own.
Gimme Noise: How do these Fall Out Boy dates compare to the tours you've done thus far?
David Boyd: This is incredible because we're supporting them directly, so there's a lot of support and attention on us, it's not like there are three other bands opening too. Also, the crowds are so energetic and excited to see Fall Out Boy. Either they haven't seen them in years, or are new fans who are their younger siblings or cousins. There's a huge age range that just makes the show all more energetic and exciting.
What was the biggest difference you noticed when you first moved to the states from Copenhagen?
When we moved here, we released our first album and then toured and traveled for about a year nonstop. While touring, we never really got to experience New York or any other city for that matter, locally. The one thing that we did do though was see all of America within seconds. But in general, the standard of living is very different. Denmark is very old and small, but here you can find poverty. Even in the city you can find it by looking across the street. I live in Brooklyn and I just see it in a whole different way. I also have been able to travel to a lot of smaller cities that was great. But it didn't really hit be culturally until the end, after we took a break after the tour. That's when it was like "Oh my god, I'm in America, I can't just call up my friends, or have a huge afterparty, it's just so far." I had to start completely from zero. It was emotional, trying to find your position in an entire new city and country.
But now with the second album, I've become really attached to America. The whole process of doing that was such an emotional ride that I'll always have a part of that embedded in my memory. I think that's what bonds you to a place. It's why I'm so bonded to Denmark because I had my whole childhood there, I have customs there that I'm so attached to. That's what I feel I've started to do now with America because I've been here for two years touring, seeing so much of the country, and meeting so many great people, and girls. The smallest things and the biggest things make an album.
There's a song on your new album called "Goodbye Copenhagen," because you said you experienced a lot more of cultural differences while writing your new album, is there anything in particular you miss the most about Copenhagen?
I've gotten to the point where I feel very comfortable in America, you know? I think I'm going to build a home here. But the one thing I do miss, taken that I do go back to visit during holidays and such, is the summers in Copenhagen, that whole environment. But sometimes it's just the traditional food that I'm accustomed to, the black [rye] bread, the fish and liver paste, flødeboller, and frikadeller. But otherwise I feel that I've come over that bump. Now I'm working on how I can make this my home, I'm excited to figure out where I should go.
In your single "Dignity" I hear a bit of a political undertone in the lyrics "And you're buying bombs/ And we pay the price/ eat your lies and we feed it to the children." can you talk about that?
The whole idea of that song is being very upset with the media and the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. We kept it very general because we didn't want to point fingers. But I think it's very important to make aware what isn't correct in order for people to change. I felt sometimes that the media was only saying one side of the story, like there's an extra side to it. It's like you buy weapons, bombs, and whatnot, and the ones who play the price are the civilians. Like what is their involvement in some of these wars? You hear stuff like that all of the time So, "we pay the price," and then you turn on the TV and get one side of the story or something that benefits the cause, so that's the story that we tell to our children.
It's interesting to hear your perspective on that generally because Denmark has such a different government than the U.S.
Yeah, totally, but it's also so similar because [the media is] all connected in the same way. You shouldn't be afraid to also want to better what makes tradition. I don't like to think of things as right or wrong, just to what you can do to make things better. If you have that right and perspective on things, you will better it.
And also one line that's also gotten a lot of controversy especially with parents is "Kids, don't listen to your parents/ parents can't help us/ all they every left was a war and a mess." It sounds so drastic, but it's just putting the perspective on the virtue and power of the next generation. Listen to your elders and respect them, of course, I will never disrespect that. You don't have to follow your parents and the people before you. Even though you can learn a lot and be grateful and respectful for, you also have to know it'll be in your hands one day. You're going to leave something for the next generation. It was just a song, an emotional outburst, where everything just seemed to pour out.
New Politics open for Fall Out Boy. 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Myth. Sold Out. Info here.
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