VikingsNew Politics Label: DCD2/Warner Bros. Records Released: 08.14.15 Review by Matt Vogel | August 14, 2015 at 4:39 PM
Everyone else go home, â€™cause New Politics are â€œthe Kings and Queens and [they] run this city.â€ Vikings was our most anticipated release of the summer, which is usually the set-up for a let down. Instead the album has left our mindsâ€”and earsâ€”blown, and the only thing we can do is hit repeat for all eternity. Thereâ€™s everything you need, all wrapped up in one record. Youâ€™ve got popâ€™s addictive pull and punkâ€™s anarchy over dancefloor jams with a sprinkling of indie rock for good measure. How do all these sounds make up New Politics? Weâ€™re still trying to figure that out, but boy, do they make it work.
You can hear the influence of DCD2 (Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boyâ€™s label) in tunes like emo-anthem â€œWest End Kidsâ€, which were designed to take over the airwaves and fill stadiums. Even â€œStardustâ€, the sole ballad, is a track destined for sold-out venue singalongs. By the time you reach the closing â€œStrings Attachedâ€, youâ€™ll find itâ€™s physically impossible not to yell â€œI got no strings attachedâ€ while legitimately dancing like Pinocchio when he turns into a real boy (and if you donâ€™t, maybe youâ€™re actually a puppet and this song is about you). Itâ€™s science we canâ€™t explainâ€”just like weâ€™re not even going to try and understand the, not one but, two hidden tracks (for the love of all things weird, stick around for them). We suggest you roll with it. New Politics found their sound on their previous album A Bad Girl In Harlem and now with Vikings theyâ€™re parading it around in one huge victory lap, and the world is going to damn well listen.
Buy it, skip it, stream it: Buy it. The Vikings have arrived and brought a better breed of rock and roll to our shores.