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Next up was headliner Poliça. Sporting a bright new hair color, Poliça frontwoman, Channy Leaneagh, ascended the stage through a cloud of fog. Boulder born Leaneagh uses synthesizes.…
John Pelant (Guitars/vocals), Micky Alfano (bass) and Mark Ritsema (multi-instruments) had the crowd embraced on well-received tracks like "Country Queen" and "Headlights", and proved a more than appropriate opener for the headliners.
Poliça, still promoting 2011’s Give Up the Ghost (Totally Gross National Product / Mom + Pop) then took the stage to a warm reception- their unique mix of dual drummers, bass, synth loops, and Helicon/Auto-Tuned vocals was an instant favorite with local music fans.
Their sound has always been a delicate explosion of beauty meeting beat– wispy, manipulated exquisite vocals from lead Channy Leaneagh melded with a heavy, R&B-influenced bottom end comprised of bassist Chris Bierden and drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson. With red pixie haircut, Leaneagh danced about the stage dreamily, like a musical Peter Pan, guiding us through the wilderness of beats and rhythms, beginning with their opening song, ‘Leading to Death’.
The encore began with an unintentionally deep-throated Leaneagh thanking the crowd, before button-pushing in embarrassment, to undo the distortion and return to her ‘normal’ voice. We were then treated to Poliça’s version of the Keith Sweat R&B hit, ‘Nobody’, an odd but very effective choice of cover song, which pushed up the heavy bass-line and sent an ebbing vibration everywhere, from the building’s walls to up through the shoes of everyone on the floor.
‘Amongster’ closed out the satisfying 66 min. set, Poliça triumphant in a homecoming show, returning to the city where it all started and with new tracks that hold definite promise for their sophomore release, coming as early as this fall.
Poliça at First Avenue, Minneapolis (04/24/13)