Venue: The Loft
Monday, 5th November 2018
Doors: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Admission: €20 - Buy Tickets Now!
Their latest album United Crushers was born out of the longest break from touring in POLIÇA’s history. The group originally emerged from Minneapolis in 2011 when Ryan Olson, GAYNG leader, producer and Minneapolis master of curation, began collaborating with Leaneagh on a batch of synthesizer and percussion-heavy arrangements he had lying around. The resulting debut, 2012’s Give You The Ghost, immediately garnered international acclaim, with Rolling Stone hailing it as “the sound of heartbreak and celebration happening simultaneously” and Q praising it as “a bewitching, urgent, magical debut.” The quick success of Give You The Ghost
brought with it a heavy touring schedule and an itch to keep creating. Taking just a few months off from the road, the band ventured into the studio and emerged with their follow-up, Shulamith, in the fall of 2013. EW called that album "propulsive enough for dance floors, and dreamy enough for headphones" and MOJO said it "proves that intelligent pop music still has the ability to seduce and enthrall. Bolstered by a live lineup of dual drummers, Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, Chris Beirden on bass and Leaneagh’s powerful voice, the band conquered massive festivals around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury in addition to performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Later With Jools Holland. Following the whirlwind of it all, they returned home to Minneapolis for a much-needed break, to live life off the road for the first time in two years and build up inspiration for the next go-around. The winter of 2015 was spent writing together, in the same room. This was a new and welcome approach compared to how the first two POLIÇA albums came to be, with each member contributing equally to the songs’ creation. As the snow began to melt in Minnesota, they journeyed to quite the opposite landscape in El Paso, TX, where they holed themselves up in the desert at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studios just a few short miles from the United States/Mexico border. There, they applied the same collaborative approach they took in the writing of United Crushers to the recording of it – together, in the same room. The result is an evolved sound, more live, bigger, crisper and with more of a hi-fi punch. There’s a tighter groove
to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh’s singing. Her impressive vocal range is consistently on display throughout, beautifully raw and less
electronically effected than on previous recordings.