Polica began back in 2011 when Channy Leaneagh sought the creative assistance of Minneapolis producer, Ryan Olson. In return for showing him some of the songs she had been writing, he showed her some of the electronic music he had been working on. Channy felt immediately connected to what she heard. Olson called in the help of bassist Chris Bierden and two drummers; Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson (who Olson happened to run a record label with). Four years later the band has released two full length albums and toured the world.
This past winter the band took some time off to work on new material. Recently, they have been on a short tour from Minneapolis to Texas, playing these new songs to intimate audiences. We were lucky enough to catch them towards the end of this tour at the Mercy Lounge (Nashville, TN).
Seeing this band play on such a small stage was a real treat. The last time I saw them perform I was dancing my ass off at about 2:00am with thousands of other sweaty Bonaroovians. (See Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival). I think what Channy and her band are doing is incredibly intelligent. There’s no better way to test out new material than playing it in a venue where you can see the faces of everyone in the audience.
Nothing has drastically changed in terms of the band’s sound, yet their was a certain maturity I noticed in Channy’s performance. She seems to have backed off the amount of electronic effects on her angelic voice. There was nothing wrong with the array of psychedelic distortions she has used in previous work but something new, raw, and powerful came across without them.
About halfway through the set, she grabbed a stool from off stage to sit on, “Sorry everyone, but I’m pregnant and need to sit down.” She announced to her captivated audience. Nobody seemed to mind. Nobody seemed to mind them not playing all their hits either (although they did perform a few throw backs). In conclusion, I think we can look forward to a more mature, raw sounding record from this promising band.
Written By: Eric Owings