BY SAMANTHA MULLETT
Poliça, the eclectic Minneapolis band formed in 2011, has found its wandering star in front-woman, Channy Leaneagh. The band’s music incorporates elements of R&B and otherworldly sounds as energy transmits through this enchanting female vocalist. Poliça has also discovered how to finally put Auto-Tune to good use, distinguishing their collective sound from other electro-pop outfits. In an interview with CityPages, Leaneagh elaborates, “It’s not a band where I want it to be about me and about my voice,” she insists. “I want to be part of the team and blend in…. Auto-Tune kind of helps bury my voice, bring it into the community of the band.”
A well-tuned community indeed, consisting of dual drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, and bassist/vocalist Chris Bierden. The group knows how to carry out surging rhythms with swooning melodies. Their recent performance at the Fillmore in San Francisco attracted a diverse crowd and showcased the meticulous detail involved in their best tracks. The dialogue of half and double speeds between the two drummers created a fierce rumble that balanced the band’s tranquil melodism. Leaneagh drifted over the stage with semi-slinky movements that exposed her nervous energy. Her unintelligible but angelic vocals called one on-looker to categorize the experience as, “Mermaid Music.”
Poliça’s latest album, Shulamith, captures the depth of feminist philosophy – named after Shulamith Firestone – alongside exquisitely-produced rhythms by Ryan Olson. Channy describes their latest work as, “Drums. Bass. Synths. Me, Women.”
Get a glimpse of the Midwest outfit while they round out their North American Tour this December.
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