With a sound dripping of wide-ranging appeal and a high energy live show, Politicks has been a well-received supporting act for such artists including: The Roots, Lauryn Hill, Blind Melon, Badfish, Soulive and Pat McGee Band. (Sound-wise think Citizen Cope + Incubus + RHCP + The Roots + Maroon 5)


Genre-blending DC rockers Politicks have steadily built their following not only by consistently evolving their sound but by putting on an energetic live show filled with rock, soul, and plenty of groove. Since 2004, Politicks has performed on the east coast from New York to Florida, shared the stage with several Grammy Award winning artists, recorded in Los Angeles and received regular radio play in their hometown of Washington, DC.

Politicks features Matthew Green on vocals, Brian Chafin and Mike Trella on guitars and Brendan McCourt on drums. Each member contributes heavily to the songwriting process. Their collaborative efforts produce the funky, often eclectic, and always melodic songs that have allowed Politicks to stand out.

In the summer of 2006, Politicks performed with icons of soul and hip hop including Al Green, Lauryn Hill, The Roots and India Arie. In the fall they joined the Heineken Red Star Soul tour, performing with major artists in Soul and R&B including Raphael Saadiq, Floetry, Raheem DeVaughn, Chrisette Michele, Claudette Ortiz & Ryan Toby (City High). Politicks played in 2007 with the Sugar Hill Gang, Pat McGee band and DC101 at the Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve event in DC.

In the summer of 2007, Politicks was selected to compete in Fox's The Next Great American Band competition. Politicks was flown to audition in Los Angeles then Las Vegas making the Top 25. Over 6,000 bands from across the country entered the competition. In November, Politicks opened for Blind Melon in their unexpected yet triumphant first tour since 1995 with new singer Travis Warren leading the original lineup of musicians.

In 2008, Politicks began working with producer Greg Archilla and songwriter/producer Blue Miller. The group cut a three song demo in Miller's Nashville studio. Politicks returned home to DC with a renewed determination and continued to write and record songs for their next album. Then after enlisting Julian McBrowne (Mix Magazine writer, engineer for Teddy Riley, Janet Jackson) to mix the home recordings, released "Paint it in Color" in June 2009.

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Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Citizen Cope, Incubus, Ben Harper, The Roots, Maroon 5, Jamiroquai, My Morning Jacket... all rolled into one versatile band.


The Roots - Lauryn Hill - India Arie - Al Green - Sugar Hill Gang - Blind Melon - Raphael Saadiq - Floetry - Raheem DeVaughn - Chrisette Michele - Claudette Ortiz - Ryan Toby - Soulive - Pat McGee Band - Badfish - DJ Irie

"Politicks is carving a niche all it's own that is contemporary and classic all at once." Jamie Talbot of Immortal Records

"Politicks offers the American public both style and substance." The City Paper (DC)

"This music has the feeling of togetherness, the groove is sweet and I love the melodies...Blessed love" Rohan Marley, son of Bob Marley, husband to Lauryn Hill

"I love the combination of the soul, the rock, the retro & the new all rolled into one great band. On top of that they're good guys so I say just pop a top & enjoy." Blue Miller, accomplished producer and songwriter, guitarist for India Arie

"Singer Matthew Green is blessed with golden pipes and a stage presence that makes you think he kicked some ass as a choirboy when he was a child." Chris Silva, On Tap Magazine (DC)

"Politicks has no limit to their cross-over potential." Damien Douglas, Executive Producer of the Heineken Red Star Soul Tour


Paint it in Color (2009)
Two Coffees, One Juice (2007)
B-Sides & Live Rarities (2006)
LA Sessions EP (2005)
Eclectic Skeptic (2004)

Set List

Politicks enjoys a catalog of over 40 original songs and can blend notable covers into their sets.

Typical sets can range from 45 mins to 2 hours.

Covers Catalog Includes:
Michael Jackson - Black or White
Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over Till It's Over
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
Beyonce - Crazy in Love
Seal - Crazy
The Fugees - Ready or Not
Wyclef Jean - Gone til November
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Citizen Cope - Son's Gonna Rise
Beck - The New Pollution
INXS - Need You Tonight
Bob Marley - Small Axe
Ben Harper - Burn One Down
System of a Down - Aerials, Toxicity
The Black Crowes - She Talks to Angels
Led Zeppelin - The Ocean
Grateful Dead - Casey Jones
George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You
Wrex 'n' Effex - The Rumpshaker