Album Review: Vikings – New Politics

Many bands get their start from opening for larger groups or artists. New Politics, a Danish rock band from Copenhagen, is one of those lucky groups. After opening for Fall Out Boy on the Save Rock And Roll tour, and both Fall Out Boy and Paramore for Monumentour, people started taking notice of them. They recently released their third studio album, entitled Vikings, and it’s more dynamic than ever.

The album cover.
The album cover.

The opening track, Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens), starts with loud, brash guitar chords intertwined with thumping drumbeats. With rebellious, defiant lyrics that are almost akin to pre-hiatus Fall Out Boy, the band’s sound is a mixture of punk-pop and dance electronica. Although the vocals don’t sound incredibly impressive in this track, the second track quickly disproves this opinion. West End Kids, a quieter but still upbeat song, is a catchy, dance-along anthem, proclaiming “we are the kids that you never loved / we are the ones that will never grow up / we’re just some kids from the west end”. The music video was released after the album, and showed the band singing and acting as avatars in a video game. The video features Brendon Urie, lead singer of Panic! At The Disco, as the person playing the video game, and Fall Out Boy, Lolo, and MAX as other players in the game. And just a side note, West End Kids would be the greatest fanbase name ever.

Girl Crush, the third track, has harsher vocals and a quick beat. In part of the song, there’s almost a rap-type verse that’s impossible not to sing along to. While Everywhere I Go had more synth, Girl Crush is closer to the stereotypical pop-punk sound that DCD2 is known for. Lovers In A Song, however, is a bit slower in the beginning, and barely picks up in the chorus. While the vocals still have the near-raspy edge that is unique to the band, they hit impressive notes in a gentler sound than the other tracks. Not to mention that the song features Copenhagen, their hometown. Who doesn’t love hometown boys?

15 Dreams starts off with more synth, and the tune seems to switch a bit in the first minute or so. Hitting the highest notes yet, the fifth track is more of a head-bobber, foot-tapper than it is a get-up-and-dance song. Although strange, the level of abnormality in no way compares to the next track, 50 Feet Tall. What sounds like muffled children’s voices fill the beginning, along with a few guitar chords. Pretend We’re In A Movie starts with a bit of acoustic-y guitar, before going into another quick song that includes staticky guitar chords that sound Green Day-esque. Stardust, the ninth track, starts with slower piano and metaphor-ridden lyrics, before adding backing vocals, drumbeats and synth for the chorus. Strings Attached, the last song, starts with speed guitar playing, going into a fast, complicated song that’s perfect for any night out. However, at 1:30, the song starts fading out gradually, prompting a second glance at the screen. After realizing the song is twelve minutes long, and eagerly playing the song to hear what strange and wonderfully artistic technique this is, you listen to about three minutes of DEAD SILENCE before it goes into what seems to be a soundcheck or something. Why did we keep listening? PURE DEDICATION. Yeah, we don’t get it either.

The band.
The band.

With a dancey, fun sound unrivaled by any other, New Politics gives a new name to Danish music. Their style easily reflects DCD2, and it was awesome to see the band interact with their labelmates in a video game themed music video. I mean, really, can you get any cooler?

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