Ten years of New Politics | Photographer Dave Jones Looks Back

New Politics started as The Rubberhead Banditz in Copenhagen Denmark more than a decade ago. After winning Denmark’s biggest music competition called KarriereKanonen in 2009 New Politics signed with RCA Records. A drummer change and a move across the world to Brooklyn, NY. started the New Politics we know today.

After two albums with RCA Records, two more with DCD2 + Warner Brothers Records, and their single ‘Harlem’ hitting number four on the US charts, David, Louis and Soren are celebrating ten years with an intimate six show north american summer tour starting in Brooklyn and released their new track Comeback Kid today!

Get tour info here –
https://www.newpoliticsmusic.com/

In January of 2013 I had the opportunity to photograph this Danish rock band for the first time at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. My photos from the show were seen by the band and they contacted me to use them for their artist pages with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. This started my relationship with the band and Fender. Over the next six years I have had the opportunity to photograph New Politics shows from 500 people at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan to 19,000 people at Barclays Center in Brooklyn!

They have toured the world since 2013 with several headlining tours and as support for Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Pink, 311, and have played alongside Billy Idol, Halsey, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bruno Mars to name a few.

New Politics is easily my favorite band to work with. The guys are truly genuine, kind and so fucking talented. Their crew is the best hands down, a stellar group of dudes that put their hearts into every show. I always look forward to whatever craziness we can get into and the unexpected conversations about life, love and music. It’s truly an honor to have had the opportunity to photograph so many of their shows and to get to know them and the crew, I’m humbled to call them all friends.

If you’ve ever been to a New Politics show you know. From the second they touch the stage the show is explosive, engaging and just so damn fun! David’s background as a break dancer shines through their energetic performance with back flips and old school breaks. His headstands have now coined the term “boyding”

Soren’s on stage presence is HUGE! Always armed with his favorite Fender guitar the animal is loose! Killer riffs, hair out of control, guitars flying across the stage, smashing cymbals, and crowd surfing is all in contrast to his unbelievably gentle personality.

I need to start this with a giant CONGRATS to Louis and Emily who were married last week!!!

Louis is the backbone of this sturdy trio banging out the beats and always rocking that huge smile (maybe we should call him smiley) The Brooklyn based drummer was added to the band in 2010 as they continued to progress into mainstream rock music.

Ok everyone, get your scrolling fingers ready! I wanted to share as much as I could in this look back as I could without making it too much. That was really hard to do as you can tell already. This quick “look back” turned into a week of going through hard drives and re-editing these images to 2160p(4K) Then I had to write stuff. I’m not one for writing, I tell my stories visually in the photos I take. So I’ll shut up now and let you enjoy the rest of these photos!

A special thanks to Nik Rivers for bringing these dudes through Rochester in 2013!

A second HUGE thank you to FenderBilly! I don’t have any pictures of you dude, so here’s Soren’s Fender for ya!

Lastly a HUGE thank you to David, Soren, Louis, Brian, Tyler, Tyler, Matt, Evan, and the rest of the crew! Here’s to ten more years!

  1. Melissa Corey

    April 19th, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Awesome photos and what an experience. You have my dream job! I’m sure NP’s was an especially fun band to work with for sure. I love them all and they definitely bring a different vibe to their shows unlike any other band out there and show love to their fans which makes all the difference in the world.

  2. Suzy

    April 19th, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Hands down some of my favorite New Politics pics

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