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See Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and New Politics at Terminal 5

November 17th, 2015

Andrew McMahon (above, performing “Cecilia and the Satellite”) was the lead singer, pianist and main songwriter for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin before going solo in 2013 with the synths-heavy The Pop Underground EP (stream it below). But when it came time to put out his first full-length, the leukemia survivor decided to go with the name Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness as both his band name and his eponymous LP (stream it below), out last year. Sputnik Music says it’s “the sound of an artist who is completely happy and completely comfortable in his life, and that’s a beautiful thing.” And per AllMusic, “McMahon taps into his more commercial sensibilities and pulls out a 10-track set of fun.-, Killers– and Passion Pit–inspired pop confections that are as effortlessly breezy and melodic as the are steeped in carefully constructed melodrama.”

David Boyd (vocals, guitar), Søren Hansen (bass, keys and vocals) and Louis Vecchio (drums and vocals) have been seamlessly pop, punk and electronic dance rock since forming New Politics (below, doing “West End Kids”) six years ago in Copenhagen, although they’ve since moved to Brooklyn. Their third studio album, Vikings (stream it below), out this past summer, is filled with the danceable, high-energy guitar-driven music that’s become their calling card. With both bands out on the road together this fall, you can see them both tomorrow night at Terminal 5.