Music today has been diluted so much over the years that what we are actually hearing is a sonic soup filled with various musical genre’s that represents a modern day equivalent of an original scene. Sometimes in this melting pot of various genres bands get it right & sometimes they fail miserably. Lately there has been a revival (or a rebirth depending on who you ask) of the shoegaze, Dream-Pop & Post-Punk inspired genres with great success all around the globe. Recent releases from unsigned artists in the aforementioned genre’s are testament to the fact that the kids are listening to the original creators of these genres of music and are taking on board the influences & philosophies of these first wave bands and using them to their advantage to create something new! I get really excited when I hear a band who actually listen to their influences & don’t pigeon hole themselves into one particular musical category. New Jersey based ‘New Politicians’ are one such band.
‘New Politicians’ started in late 2012 with Gian Cortese on guitar, keyboards and vocals and his brother Renal Anthony on vocals and guitar. The band, now a four piece with Erik Watson on drums and Winston Mitlo on bass, play Post-Punk, Alternative Rock and are based in Centerville, New Jersey.
November 2013 saw the band releasing their self-produced, sophomore EP entitled ‘Drag A City’. This four track release, available to stream & download on their BandCamp Page, earned the band critical acclaim and an army of fans. Their highly anticipated new EP ‘Remission’ was released on April 21st and it is immense! This band have a full on Post-Punk inspired sound but they dip in & out of shimmering Dream-Pop tipped Shoegaze & Alt-Rock with aplomb.
Remission opens up with thundering‘Revelator’. Fans of early Post-Punk will immediately associate themselves with this sound while newer listeners to ‘New Politicians’ will hear bands such as Interpol, Editors, The Cinematics & White Lies echoing in Renal Anthonys vocal lines. Musically though I can hear The Cure, Bauhaus & Gang Of four coursing through this opening track. Check it out:
Track 2 is a slower affair. ‘Cut A Hole’ is edgy & moody with brooding guitar lines and infectious vocal arrangements. This is a very addictive song with catchy, shimmering guitar hooks that bring you in and keep you focused on the track.
With an almost Dream-Pop inspired flair in the opening guitar lines track 3 heralds the arrival of what is possibly my favourite track on this impressive release!‘Been In The Wars’ has touches of Joy Division running through its core but its the reverb drenched guitar lines that dips the tips of this arrangement into something new! The driving rhythm section and pulsating bass keeps this track thundering to its destination. This is a snapshot of a band in complete control of their sound & its a wonderful thing to listen to.
Gone is the driving force of the previous track to be replaced by a regimental beat & really impressive vocal production intertwined with a swirling reverb laced guitar pattern.‘Images’ is a great track. Its a well structured track but to me it comes across a bit same, same! And that’s not a bad thing either. I simply mean that I’d expect something more from it. It sounds to me like its missing something? Check it out:
‘Killer On The Mend’floats into the musical ether with its shoegazing esq’ guitar swells, repetitive drums & addictive vocal lines intertwined with a maelstrom of reverb soaked sounds, crashing cymbals & immense production. This is a triumphant track that menacingly stalks its listeners from its opening note! This is edge of your seat stuff. Sheer class!
Track 6 ‘Remission’ opens with traditional shoegazing tendencies represented in its layered guitar effects but its the immense vocal abilities of Renal Anthony that takes this track by the scruff of the neck and leads it into its explosive chorus. Lyrically this band are really impressive but its their songwriting & song structuring that catch this listeners ear. ‘Remission’ is filled with hook & licks that are so addictive you simply have to continue listening to every single second of it.
The closing track on this impressive release from New Jersey natives ‘New Politicians’ is spectacular. The bass lines alone will have you hooked from the beginning. The band dip into a Dream-Pop fuelled world of shimmering guitars & full on vocals with ‘The Idealist’. A solid drum arrangement keeps this track firmly fixed to the musical landscape while the guitars loop and arc through soaring hooks & swells.
‘New Politicians’ are a band who seem very comfortable in their musical surroundings. They are not afraid to experiment with sound or skip through various musical genre’s. Collectively they have some sublime vocal melodies and impressive hooks that are well balanced with their Post-Punk ethos but are not overly exuberant. This is a band in love with music and I believe that for them this is only the beginning. They haven’t reached their full potential yet and only time will tell if they ever do. But they have the ability to leave a lasting impression on new listeners & in today’s refreshed/rehashed Post-Punk scene that is a good thing.
Del Chaney has spent the last two years not only fronting popular Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave, but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog – The Primal Music Blog. His other arm – Primal Radio – has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.