Polica sure know how to make an entrance. We haven’t heard much from the Minneapolis-based synthpop group since their 2013 LP Shulamith, but this week they just dropped an avalanche of news, unveiling their new album, United Crushers, set to be released on March 4, 2016, premiering a music video for their new song “Lime Habit,” and announcing a massive nationwide tour, which includes a stop at Union Transfer.
The Eaux Claires festival in Eau Claire, WI continued (read about Day 1 here) July 18 with a much slower start, a combination of Friday’s intense heat and thundershowers through the night having broken some of the pressure.
Leaving no time to waste, staff photog Jeremy and I headed over to the dome marked “Eternity Awaits” that I described yesterday. Once inside the dome, recorded “confessions” and “Alleluias” played as a soundtrack for the experiment as the hay bales started to fill with those anxious to confess. These recorded confessions included everything from a woman sharing she was really a cat to friends admitting they deceived each other; really weird mix of stuff. I pulled the number “12” from the ticket wheel and patiently waited. Astronautalis came out from the confessional between hearing confessions in full priestly regalia, guzzling a Miller Lite and sizing up every sinner in the room with his own appearance-based evaluation – never mind what each person was actually going to confess.
Finally, my ticket was called and I approached the confessional, totally unsure of what to do once I got up there. But, just like in my Catholic upbringing, I entered one side of the confessional and Astronautalis entered the other. The walls of the small box were filled with photobooth-like mugs of others; a kneeler and a screen were also present in on the wall facing Astronautalis. Continue reading →
Thievery Corporation and Polica are playing the Tower Theatre on Saturday, May 19th. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 28th. Thievery Corporation, the DC based duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are releasing their new album, Saudade, on April 1st. Saudade draws its influence from classic Brazilian musicians like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gal Costa, and Luis Bonfá, along with Serge Gainsbourg, Ennio Morricone, and more modern artists like electro-samba pioneer Isabelle Antena. You can stream the new album in its entirety here.
Minneapolis based act, Polica graced the stage at Union Transfer Tuesday night, playing to a small but devoted crowd. Frontwoman Channy Leaneagh’s dreamy distorted vocals, lithe dance moves, and endearingly self-deprecating talk between songs had the audience enraptured from the moment she first stepped out. Chris Bierden provided intricate and powerful basslines and dual drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu delivered synchronized, grounding beats. Standout songs included “Tiff”, “Vegas” and “Chain My Name” off the new record, Shumalith. Old favorite “Wandering Star” got a stripped back, shortened and more lyrical remake while “You Don’t Own Me”, a Lesley Gore cover, treated the crowd to impassioned vocals from Channy.
Marijuana Deathsquads, whose members include Polica producer Ryan Olson and drummer Ben Ivascu, provided support. The experimental band’s high volume and high energy performance coupled with their creative onstage projected light and image effects successfully pumped up the Tuesday night crowd.
XPN welcomes Polica to Union Transfer tonight. The Minneapolis achieved critical success following the release of their 2012 debut Give You the Ghost, spurred by singles “Dark Star” (which landed at #388 on last month’s 885 Greatest Songs of the New Millennium countdown) and “Wandering Star.” On their new record called Shulamith, Polica took their synth / bass / double drumset / vocal arrangements even deeper, creating an incredibly dark and heavy environment that verges on frightening at some points (while staying instantly catchy and intriguing). Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Marijuana Deathsquads can be found here. Watch the video for “Warrior Lord” below.
On the heels of releasing their sophomore record Shulamith, Minneapolis electronic outfit Polica have teamed up with Noisetrade for a free six track sampler. The download includes two tracks from the new album (“Tiff” featuring Justin Vernon and “Chain My Name”) along side “Lay Your Cards Out” from the trio’s Give You the Ghost debut and three remixes. Get the sampler below in exchange for an email address and see the band live when XPN welcomes them to Union Transfer with Marijuana Deathsquads on November 5th. Tickets and information can be found here.
Mysterious Minneapolis electronic pop trio Polica fast became and XPN favorite following the release of their 2012 debut Give You The Ghost. After a year and a half of heard touring – which brought them to NonCOMM in 2012 and XPoNential Music Festival in 2013 – the band returns this fall with its followup LP, Shulamith. The album will be released on October 22 via Mom + Pop Music, but you can listen to it a week early via NPR Music’s First Listen series. NPR’s Andrea Swesson said this record sees the band finding its voice:
Not only does it build on the band’s established sound — a slinky, otherworldly style of electro-pop that mixes Channy Leaneagh’s angelic voice with distorted, occasionally disturbing sound manipulations and harrowing dual drums — but it also pushes them forward into exciting new creative areas. Whereas Give You the Ghost sounded like a Ryan Olson record with a guest vocalist finding her way to the forefront (Olson laid some of the groundwork for its sound as leader of Gayngs), Shulamith is a Channy Leaneagh record, plain and simple.
Listen to Shulamith in its entriety via NPR Music here. XPN Welcomes Polica to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th. Tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch a video of the band performing at XPo Fest.
The Minneapolis band Polica release their new album, Shulamith, on coming October 22nd. WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th with Marijuana Deathsquads. Below, listen to “Smug,” a sultry, groove heavy head nodder. Go here for tickets to Polica’s show at Union Transfer on November 5th.
In just a couple years, Poliça have become one of the most revered new bands. With two drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, bassist Chris Bierdan, and Channy Leaneagh on vocals and synths, the band has an incredible energy. Leaneagh’s sensual voice floats over dark electronic tones and sharp, funky drum beats. In February 2012, the group released their excellent debut, Give Up The Ghost, and they’re releasing the follow up, Shulamith, on October 22nd. Last month, the group played an incredible show at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival they return to Union Transfer on Tuesday, November 5th. Tickets go on sale here this Friday, August 23rd at Noon. Opening is Marijuana Deathsquads. Below, watch the video for “Dark Star” from Give Up The Ghost (one of our favorite songs from 2012) and listen to a new song, “Tift,” featuring Justin Vernon from their forthcoming album.
Update: stream a new song by Polica, “Chain My Name.”
Last night’s headlining XPoNential Music Festival show at the Susquehanna Bank Center gathered a variety of artists from across the XPN universe, from the chamber-indie tones of Seattle’s Hey Marseilles to the rousing rock and roll of Philly’s Dr. Dog; the electro-beat dance pop of Minneapolis’ Polica to Denver’s new folk torchbearers The Lumineers.
“It was a thrill having David Dye introduce us,” Lumineers frontman Wes Schultz told the crowd. “We played this festival last year; it’s good to be back.” Their set drew largely from their self-titled album, mixing in their singalongable tracks like “Stubborn Love” and “Submarines” with covers like “Ain’t Nobody’s Problem But My Own” by fellow Colorado artist Sawmill Joe, and “Subterranean Homesick Blues” by Bob Dylan (who headlines XPo Fest tonight). They rushed out to the lawn to perform an impromptu mini-set of “Darlene” and “Elouise” among the fans in the XPN members’ section, and even worked a few new songs in the mix.
Dr. Dog unveiled three new songs as well – the vibey “The Truth,” which was released as a lyric video last Monday, a chug-a-lug rocker called “The Distant Light” and the joyous “Love.” Their new album, B-Room, is out in October.
Check out photos from their sets, as well as openers Hey Marseilles and Polica, in the gallery below.