New Politics and 311 at City National Civic in San Jose, CA
Review & Photography by: Samantha Toy
At seven o’clock sharp, New Politics returned back to the Bay Area for the second time this year. David Boyd (frontman) and Søren Hansen (lead guitar, piano) are originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, but have been residing in Brooklyn, New York with Louis Vecchio (drums) for the past eight years. The trio performed an incredible 45-minute set with music from their three album releases along with some singles from their upcoming record, Lost In Translation which will be out in October of 2017. Later on in their set, Boyd explains about his father being from the Bay Area which made the crowd go wild.
Right after New Politics came offstage, crowds of people were entering the building anxiously waiting for 311 to appear onstage. Nick Hexum (vocals/guitar), Jim Watson (lead guitar), Aaron “P-Nut” Wills (bassist), and Chad Sexton (drummer) all formed in 1988 in Omaha, Nebraska. As the years has passed, Doug “SA” Martinez (vocals), Tim Mahoney (lead guitar) were added to the band as Jim Watson has left the group. Over time, 311 has sold over 9 million albums/DVD’s in the United States alone. Their last nine consecutive albums have reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, and have had 9 Top 10 radio hits.
MOSAIC is the band’s 12th studio album that was released on June 23, 2017 via BMG, and was produced by John Feldmann (Blink 182, Panic! At The Disco) as well as Scotch Ralston who worked on the band’s previous records. MOASIC features 17 tracks, and their current single, “Too Much To Think.” is about the highs and lows of life. If you haven’t already, you can purchase the album on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Best Buy, or Target.
Make sure to keep up with them as they release new music, tours, and videos in the future!