2019 American Music Awards

See What No Doubt Song New Politics Consider 'Perfect' in Their 'Alternate Reality' Takeover Tuesday Playlist

Peter Don
New Politics

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.


On Nov. 1, New Politics released their fifth album, a nine-track LP titled An Invitation to an Alternate Reality. So for their Takeover Tuesday playlist, the alt-rock trio served up another invitation to an alernate reality with the help of No Doubt, Daft Punk, Talking Heads and more.

"Many of these song choices are all over the place but somehow fit," the band tells Billboard in a statement. "We tend to look at things not so square, but more of, 'Well, what's on the other side of that square?"

Among the 11 tracks are a handful of alt-rock jams, including The 1975's most recent release, "Frail State of Mind," and Fever 333's "One of Us." But, as the band hints, their playlist also features more unpredictable selections, like Tyler, the Creator's Igor single "Earfquake" and Post Malone's Stoney cut "Feeling Whitney."

The New Politics guys (frontman David Boyd, bassist Søren Hansen and drummer Louis Vecchio) also shout out Talking Heads for influencing the writing process for An Invitation to an Alternate Reality and Daft Punk's "Around the World" for inspiring Vecchio's drumming on a song called "Death of Me" on the album. They also can't help but highlight the LP's lead single, "Ozone," mostly because "it very much defines this next chapter of New Politics."

While there's seemingly inspiration in every song on the New Politics' Takeover Tuesday playlist, there's one tune that the guys deem "perfect." Find out what it is by listening to the playlist below, and reading what the band has to say about each track. 

The 1975, "Frail State of Mind": The 1975 has always resonated with us as a band. This track really speaks to us as humans and has a message we should all consider listening to. 

Talking Heads, "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)": This track is just undeniable. During the writing process on this record I feel we channeled a little bit of David Burns' use of lyrical content and rhythms. 

Blink-182, "I Really Wish I Hated You": Blink is such an influence on so many bands we came up with. They are just so comfortable being themselves as musicians and writers. We try to follow that same path. 

New Politics, "Ozone": We’ve always wanted a song like "Ozone" on all of our records. In our opinion, this song not only shows another side of us, but it very much defines this next chapter of New Politics. 

No Doubt, "Hella Good": From production to lyrics to Gwen [Stefani]'s vocals, this song is perfect. Infectious melodies and drum beats are the key to our hearts. 

Fever 333, "One of Us": This track has another strong message lyrically that we love. The world is crazy today and music can help people realize that. These guys do an awesome job at that. The energy behind this track is something we try to put behind everything we do. 

The S.O.S Band, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)": Unreal disco track. This is on our playlist solely for that groove. Can’t beat it and it always inspires new rhythm and flow. 

Daft Punk, "Around the World": Daft Punk has always been a favorite band of ours. This song inspired Louis' playing on a track called "Death Of Me" on AITAAR

Tyler, the Creator, "Earfquake": We really love bringing elements of all kinds of genres into our music. Tyler has mastered that. 

Ann Peebles, "I Can't Stand the Rain": We feel like most people don’t even know this exists. It very much does. This track is ultra organic and we tried to capture some of that on this record. 

Post Malone, "Feeling Whitney": Post is another one of these chameleon artist that just is good at all styles. Really respect that he can get on stage with an acoustic guitar and kill it just as much as he would with only a mic. 


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