Poliça playing live in Vancouver in 2012
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Genres||alternative rock, synthpop, R&B, trip hop|
|Labels||Totally Gross National Product
Mom + Pop Music
|Associated acts||Gayngs, Bon Iver, Doomtree, Solid Gold, Marijuana Deathsquads, Digitata|
Poliça (often written as Polica) is an American Synthpop and alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota founded in 2011 by Ryan Olson (production) and Channy Leaneagh (vocals). Live the group consists of Chris Bierden (bass/vocals), Drew Christopherson (drums), Ben Ivascu (drums) and Channy Leaneagh (vocals).
According to Channy Leaneagh, Polica is Polish for "policy", and she sees it as a reference to an unwritten code that guides the members when they play together, as well as its work ethic. Despite this explanation, 'poliça' is not an actual Polish word, though 'polisa' is a Polish word for policy, which they have then characterised.
In another interview, lead singer Channy Leaneagh claimed that they wanted something unique, and she had a file on her computer that corrupted following a computer crash, which came back as "Poliça".
Leaneagh was previously a member of the folk-rock duo Roma di Luna which she had formed with her then husband Alexei Casselle. After a marital and professional break-up, the singer was looking for a 'creative release' that eventually became Poliça. The origins of the band were found in Ryan Olsen's Gayngs project, where Leaneagh featured as a backing singer. After working together on some musical and lyrical ideas, Olsen convinced Leaneagh to record the songs over the summer of 2011 with a synthpop and R&B sound. Experimenting with various vocal effects, the duo drafted in Chris Bierden (bass/vocals), Drew Christopherson (drums) and Ben Ivascu (drums) to complete the sessions that also featured a guest-appearance by Mike Noyce (Bon Iver). Olsen declined to be part of a live set-up and Bierden, Christopherson and Ivascu together with Leaneagh became the Poliça touring outfit. They made their live-debut on September 4, 2011 at Nick and Eddie, Minneapolis and made two songs, 'Dark Star' and 'Lay Your Cards Out (feat. Mike Noyce)', available on their website. For the rest of the year, the band toured, partly as support to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The band also received support from Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon who told Rolling Stone, "They're the best band I've ever heard."
Give You The Ghost
Their debut, Give You the Ghost, was released on Valentine's Day, 2012 on Totally Gross National Product, a local community-based label, founded by drummer Drew Christopherson and Ryan Olsen. The main reason to self-finance was 'to put the record out' as soon as possible'. In March 2012, the band played at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where NPR wrote that 'Where Give You the Ghost gives the suggestion of a subdued live presence, Polica's stage show heads to somewhere approaching the opposite extreme — a welcome jolt of beauty and power. The summer of 2012 saw the band tour parts of Europe and play a handful of festivals together with Bon Iver. In August 2012, it was announced that the band had signed with Mom + Pop records and re-released the album on the 14th of that month, together with a remix EP. In October they returned to the UK for an appearance on Later... with Jools Holland and a 16-date UK/European tour.
In the first half of 2013, Olsen and Leaneagh began working on new music, described by the singer as 'Drums. Bass. Synths. Me, Women'. Much of this was done by e-mail as the band continued to tour and Olsen was spending time in Brazil. Their second album, Shulamith was released on October 20, 2013 and preceded by the single 'Tiff' featuring Justin Vernon. Both the video for 'Tiff' and the artwork of the album were described as 'brutal'. As part of the promotional mix, the band played BBC2's Later... with Jools Holland on October 11, 2013 and, three days later, on BBC Radio 6 Music's Lauren Laverne show from Maida Vale Studios in London. The title of the album is a reference to the feminist Shulamith Firestone, who Leaneagh described as her 'muse and mentor'. In contrast to the previous album, the singer 'had more time with each song this time, but the lyrics and melodies are still based on that first reaction'. Leaneagh was also among the "friends" that contributed to The Flaming Lips' "The Time Has Come To Shoot You Down…What A Sound," a reworking of the Stone Roses debut album out Black Friday 2013. 
|2012||Give You the Ghost||47||62||–||–||–||–|
|2012||"Dark Star"||–||2||–||42||Give You the Ghost|
|"Lay Your Cards Out"||–||62||–||–|
|"Chain My Name"||–||60||–||–|
*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.
- "Polica's Experimental Beginnings" Dan Hyman, 'Polica's Experimental Beginnings', Rolling Stone, February 17, 2012
- Roberts, Chris (February 14, 2012). "Polica: A band before they realized it, thanks to Ryan Olson". Minnesota Public Radio.
- "Interview with Polica". Step Into The Black Music Series presented by The Fader and Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum. Youtube. May 9, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- "Guardian Oct. 2012" Michael Cragg, 'Channy Leaneagh: my first band died but Poliça is an amazing job' The Guardian 26 October 2012
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- "Gimme Noise" Andrea Swensson, 'Polica release first tracks, announce debut performance', Gimme Noise, August 30, 2011
- "Star Tribune article on Mom + Pop signing" Chris Riemenschneider, 'Poliça signs with NYC indie label to re-release debut album', Star Tribune, August 1, 2012
- Thompson, Stephen (March 15, 2012). "Polica, Live In Concert: SXSW 2012". NPR.
- "Give You The Ghost re-release" 'Poliça Sign To Mom + Pop Records, To Re-Release Album' DIY Magazine 3rd August 2012
- 'Polica: Europe Calling — Jools Holland on Line 1, BBC on Line 2', The Top 22, 30 October 2012
- "DIY Oct. 2013 interview" Huw Oliver 'Poliça: ‘We’re Very Angry People’, DIY Magazine, October 22, 2013
- Geslani, Michelle (June 11, 2013). "Poliça announce new album Shulamith, share video for Justin Vernon-aided single "Tiff"". Consequence of Sound.
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