Born out of heartbreak, Poliça is a band whose melancholic beauty reaches far beyond the sad-pop status quo. Layers of smooth, riveting electronica form pulsing waveforms beneath the pivoting vocals of singer Channy Leaneagh, formerly of the folk band Roma di Luna. Following the break-up of both her band and her marriage to her former bandmate, Leaneagh teamed up with Gayngs founder, Ryan Olson, with whom she'd worked in the past. With Leaneagh's heartbreak-born material and the electro-R&B tunes that Olson was hankering to put to good use, the two assembled a band -- Poliça -- and an album, Give You The Ghost.
Named, as Leaneagh tells, for the Polish word for "policy" -- the sense of a code binding the band together in work and play -- Polica has generated with its distinct blend of new school and old school electronic sounds a frenzy of support among the indie scene the world over. If Give You The Ghost is any indication, the band has plenty of good things to come.
They played a sold out show at Johny Brenda's in May, and will be back in Philly, playing Union Transfer, on October 3. Check out her live performances below.
GIVE THE BAND A LISTEN
World Cafe: Listen to Polica's interview and performance on World Cafe with David Dye.
NonCOMM: Listen to Polica's live performance at the NonCOMM in May.
SXSW: In March, she played the NPR Stage at SXSW 2012.
Recent Release: Give You The Ghost
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Label: Totally Gross National Product
Band Origin: Minneapolis, MN
~Justin Vernon told Rolling Stone.