Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Politics Headline the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

The inaugural Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll marathon will take place Sunday, April 13. The event is presented by WRAL and will benefit the Jimmy V Foundation. 12,500 marathoners are set to run the streets of Raleigh surrounded by encouraging spectators, motivating cheerleaders, and of course, bands.

Local musicians are encouraged to apply to play along the course on race day.  This is a great opportunity to be heard by visitors from all around.  Interested bands should apply online.

Volunteers are also needed to help this event run smoothly.  Positions for the Race Crew are available along the course, at the starting line, finish line, and the Health and Fitness Expo. Volunteering is the perfect way to be involved with the community while cheering on family and friends.

The racers will be ushered in with the alt-rock sounds of New Politics.  This group has had an exciting year with their hit song "Harlem" appearing in a trailer for Disney's Frozen and commercials for Windows 8 and Taco Bell.  According to an interview with, Boyd wrote this song after a fling with a girl from Spanish Harlem.  Since then, the band has had the fortune to travel with fellow rockers, 30 Seconds to Mars, Fall Out Boy, and Pink.

New Politics - "Dignity"

It took some time for the native Denmark members of the band to adjust to American life.  Two current band members, frontman David Boyd and guitarist Soren Hansen, moved from Copenhagen to Brooklyn in 2009. After touring for their first two years in the states, culture shock and home sickness settled in for the mates. The group wasn't used to the financial struggles of an up-and-coming band due to growing up in socialist Denmark, where poverty isn't an issue.  Due to this struggle, the original drummer, Poul Amaliel, returned to Denmark in 2010.  Native New Yorker, Louis Vecchio stepped in and has been with the group ever since.

New Politics will perform at the finish line at Red Hat Amphitheater on race day.  The show is free and open to the public.  The Triangle Beat will keep you posted on updates for the race and bands that will perform. For more information, head to the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh website.


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