Pop-punk trio New Politics brought a relentlessly energetic set to the Metro on Sunday in support of their most recent album, Lost in Translation.
A trio that sports two frontmen, in essence, is a bit of a rarity, but lead singer David Boyd’s continuous exchange with guitarist Soren Hansen couldn’t help but bring a smile to the all-ages crowd, who devoured every word of nearly every song.
New Politics’ blender of alternative punk, electro-pop, and at times, some hip hop elements worked particularly well on new tracks like “CIA” and “Color Green,” and returns to earlier singles like “Tonight You’re Perfect” and “Berlin” (which features one of the band’s most show-stopping choruses) were carefully integrated throughout a well-balanced set of old and new.
Newly engaged drummer Louis Vecchio got a warm shoutout from family before the band launched into a rousing version of “We Are the Radio,” a callback to 2010’s self-titled debut album, and Boyd’s endlessly energy as he bounded from one end of the stage to the other during singalongs like “Girl Crush” was infectiously fun.
Opening act Dreamers offered some surprisingly rich complexity to the songs from their debut record This Album Does Not Exist, and single “Sweet Disaster” came across like Crowded House filtered through Imagine Dragons, and a straightforward cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie” felt hauntingly at home with their brand of electro-tinged alt-pop.
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Setlist: New Politics live in Chicago at Metro February 17, 2018