Today Poliça shared their rousing, defiant new single “Forget Me Now”, the second from the band’s forthcoming new album ‘When We Stay Alive’, due January 31st via Memphis Industries. Poliça are set to tour the UK in February and will play a special release show at St John’s Church, Kingston on 6th Feb in association with Banquet Records.
“‘Forget Me Now’ is letting off some steam. It’s about recognizing a pattern of choosing people who can’t love you how you wish to be loved. It’s still remaining very grateful, counting blessings day and night; but don’t confuse being at peace with being a pushover”, says singer Channy Leaneagh. “I think I wrote these words while angry-shoveling this winter. How does it go? ‘Choose a liar once and that’s the liar’s fault; choose a liar three times and it seems maybe I likes liars?’ All the songs are about me and none of them are; this isn’t an excerpt from my diary but it has been many times”.
The “Forget Me Now” video was directed by friend and long-term collaborator Isaac Gale and gives an insight into Poliça’s upcoming 2020 performances.
“Forget Me Now” follows brooding and propulsive first single “Driving”; released as a double-single featuring non-album track B-side “trash in bed” co-produced by Boys Noize, the track caught the attention of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Paste, among others. Produced by Poliça co-founder and producer Ryan Olson and mixed by Jim Eno (Spoon).
Watch ‘Forget Me Now’ – BELOW:
Poliça—who headlined two sold-out hometown Minneapolis shows last week—will head out an extensive tour throughout North America, the UK, and Europe next year, beginning in early February. A current itinerary is below and tickets are on sale now.
When Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet ‘When We Stay Alive’, is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal, and reclaiming your identity as a result.
In the still silence of healing, she found that a multitude of feelings were becoming very loud. Leaneagh realized her self-identity had become attached to her experiences of physical and mental trauma, and she began to consider what it would be like to live without the past as a burden. “I felt there were many things I could look at and say, ‘This happened to me but I’m okay now. It’s not happening anymore and I got the care I needed for it. Now it’s time to rewrite the story I tell about myself and to myself”, she explains.
‘When We Stay Alive’ possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats of Olson. Over the last several years Olson and Leaneagh have widely collaborated with musicians from all over the world: both with Bon Iver, and Leaneagh individually with Boys Noize, Lane 8, Sasha, Leftfield, and Daniel Wohl; Olson with Swamp Dogg in addition to countless musicians from the 37d03d collective. As a result, ‘When We Stay Alive’ features one of the largest musical casts of any Poliça record to date.
On Poliça’s first three albums, Leaneagh focused on restructuring the world and her relationships within it. On ‘When We Stay Alive’, she realizes the power in restructuring her inner self. The album’s title references the idea of moving forward through life—our experiences, both good and bad—and what happens next with the strength we find.
See Poliça live:
6th Feb – London, UK – Banquet Records outstore, St John’s Church, Kingston (Tickets)
7th Feb – Bristol, UK – Thekla
8th Feb – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
10th Feb – Glasgow, UK – St. Lukes
11th Feb – London, UK – Village Underground
12th Feb – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
14th Feb – Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
15th Feb – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique/Orangerie
16th Feb – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
18th Feb – Cologne, Germany – Artheatre
19th Feb – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
21st Feb – Oslo, Norway – John Dee
22nd Feb – Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
24th Feb – Copenhagen, Denmark – Little Vega
25th Feb – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre
27th Feb – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
28th Feb – Vienna, Austria – WUK
29th Feb – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
1st Mar – Milan, Italy – Santeria
3rd Mar – Barcelona, Spain – La Nau
4th Mar – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
5th Mar – Porto, Portugal, Casa Da Musica
19th Mar – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
20th Mar – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
21st Mar – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
23rd Mar – Toronto, OH – Horseshoe Tavern
24th Mar – Montreal, QB – Bar Le Ritz
25th Mar – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
27th Mar – New York City, NY – Webster Hall
28th Mar – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
29th Mar – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
31st Mar – Columbus, OH – The Basement
1st Apr – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
2nd Apr – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barn
10th Apr – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
16th Apr – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
17th Apr – Vancouver, BC – Venue
18th Apr – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
20th Apr – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
21st Apr – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
22nd Apr – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
24th Apr – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
25th Apr – Albuquerque, NM – Sister
27th Apr – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
28th Apr – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co
29th Apr – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St
30th Apr – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
1st May – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
2nd May – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews