New Jersey’s New Politicians have quietly gone about their business – well, quietly in terms of being an under-the-radar, unsigned band despite making music that can be highly contagious or deep and contemplative. Dubbed as a post-punk, alternative band, on their latest EP, Remission, they take an approach that echoes of Interpol and A Place to Bury Strangers – deadpan vocals, stuttering drums, and roaring, shoegaze-y guitar riffs.
The seven-track album is highlighted by the fantastic “Been in the Wars”. There is a familiarity in the sound, mixing together the glistening guitar work of Antics-era Interpol and the haunting elements of Pat Benatar, yes ’80s rocker Pat Benatar. “Images” is another star of the album. It’s a slow burner that idles calmly at the beginning and slowing builds but never truly goes over the edge.
The band also knows how to create slower-paced burners, such as on the excellent “Killer on the Mend” and the introspective “Remission”. The spooky “Idealist”, meanwhile, has a dark, dense sound to emphasize the unpredictable world we live in and how one’s ideas and thoughts can entrap oneself.
Remission is out now and can be purchased on Bandcamp. Judge for yourself whether this is a band that needs to be signed. Regardless, their music must be heard.
New Politicians are Renal Anthony (vocals/guitar), Erik Watson (drums), Winston Mitlo (bass), and Gian Cortese (guitar/vocals).
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