Andrew McMahon, New Politics, and The Griswolds Bring Wild Fun To Philly

Photography by Wakana NarisakoAM3

The Wilderness Politics Tour at The Fillmore on Saturday night was a wild ride. With excitement such as bands crashing other bands’ sets with outrageous stunts, New Politics’ David Boyd’s crazy dance moves, and Andrew McMahon’s smoking fish bowl on a grassy piano, everything was a spectacle to the eyes and ears. The last show of their tour ended with a spectacular bang with flawless performances and goofy, entertaining musical bonding between performers.

Australian rockers The Griswolds performed a short set following Brooklyn girl Lolo. Their set included tracks off their latest album Be Impressive, like “Right On Track” and “16 Years,” and also some older ones like “Mississippi.” They switched it up with an intimate cover of Vance Joy‘s “Riptide” that had many fans singing along. As they wrapped up their set with crowd-favorite “Heart of a Lion,” members of New Politics in towels wielding bath toys and Lolo crashed the stage for a silly, fun time.


The Griswolds perform at The Fillmore Philadelphia

David Boyd of New Politics took the stage holding a big, red flag with a power stance. The crowd roared for the band as Soren Hansen fired up his guitar for “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens).” Almost exactly a year ago, New Politics sold out the TLA, and this time showed off more of their new tracks off their latest album Vikings. For “Girl Crush,” Andrew McMahon joined New Politics to the joy of all the fans who were crushing on him hard. During “Stardust,” Lolo joined the stage for a perfect mashup of Haddaway‘s “What Is Love.” Surprise collaborations like these made the the show highly entertaining.


David Boyd’s dance moves were on point as usual as he propelled his long legs over and around himself across the stage. New Politics ended strongly on their popular hits “Yeah Yeah Yeah” and “Harlem.”


New Politics perform at The Fillmore Philadelphia

Following New Politics’ antics, it was time for Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness as the stage lit up the brightest it had been all night. It was so bright and warm it felt like daylight. The speakers and his piano were covered in grass and a lone fishbowl sat on top of the piano. The environment suddenly became less like a rock venue and more earthly and subdued. Andrew McMahon came on the stage with his band and took a seat at the piano to start with “Rainy Girl.” The emotional song combined with the warm glow was enlightening and passionate as he smiled and nodded with the audience.


Andrew McMahon in The Wilderness perform at The Fillmore Philadelphia

Jack’s Mannequin songs were not forgotten as Andrew McMahon got down from the stage and ran into the photo pit and through the walkway that was made right down the center of the floor during “Dark Blue.” “The Mixed Tape” also from his Jack’s Mannequin days followed. They also touched on some tracks from his early band Something Corporate, including “Punk Rock Princess.” It only showed that Andrew McMahon gets better with age and that he still can rock it like he’s a teenager with a punk hair cut.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness closed out their set with their most recent hit “Cecilia And The Satellite.” Phones were out to make sparkles in the venue as fans belted one more time with Andrew McMahon. The Wilderness Politics Tour was memorable and unique, with the bond between the bands and their personalities shining through. If you missed Andrew McMahon this time around, he’ll be coming back for more Philly love as he performs a Jack’s Mannequin reunion show on January 30th at the Electric Factory, and then the Radio 104.5 Winter Jam the very next day.

Check out all the photos from the show below! What was your favorite part? Tell us in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  1. Bryana Natale

    December 2, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Heard this show was wild! Saw crazy, cool pic of Andrew McMahon crowd-surfing to the bar lol

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