Date: February 16, 2014
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Independent
Artist: New Politics
Opening Act(s): Magic Man, Sleeper Agent
I saw New Politics open for P!nk last year. I had really liked them and knew I wanted to see them again. I was excited to get to seem them headline their own tour in a great small venue – The Independent.
Lead singer David Boyd stood and walked on the crowd during “Fall Into These Arms”. At the end of the song he fell into the arms of the crowd. In addition to performing their well-known songs “Tonight You’re Perfect”, “Harlem” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah”, they covered snippets of Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and Justin Timberlake’s “My Love”.
Their set was fun and high energy. David Boyd did his signature breakdancing moves and headstand during the show. The crowd sang along and jumped up and down during most of the show. They did a great job headline their own show.
New Politics did a meet and greet with fans that included a photo, but no autographs. You had to have a yellow ticket for the meet and greet. Someone gave me her ticket because she didn’t want to wait around for the band to come out so I lucked out and was able to get a pic with the band.
Magic Man from Boston continued the momentum that was set by Sleeper Agent. They got the crowd dancing and jumping around with their upbeat music. The lead singer Alex Caplow hung around after their set and the show to take photos with fans. You can check out their EP here.
Kentucky’s Sleeper Agent set the stage for the night. They had good energy and got the crowd going. It was obvious that lead singer, Alex Kandel and guitarist Tony Smith were in a relationship as they performed. Alex hung out by the band’s merch and graciously talked to and took pictures with fans. That is when I found out that she and Tony are engaged. You can check out a couple of their songs here.
Every performance was better than the one before. Funnily each band had a song titled “Waves” that they performed. The energy was steady all night. New Politics picked the right bands to open up for them.