Following their rapturous return at the end of 2015, Minneapolis’ POLIÇA unveil their new single, “Wedding.” It’s the second track to surface from their upcoming album United Crushers (due out March 4th on Memphis Industries), and premiered as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ on his Beats 1 Apple Music show.
“Wedding” provides another glimpse into the band’s third record. Featuring a thunderous rhythm which builds and provides the underlying tension whilst Leaneagh’s vocals and harmonies glide atop; following on from the dustbowl electronic soul of the album’s first single “Lime Habit.”
The band will play a series of shows in the lead up to the album release kicking off in Berlin on 11th Feb, with stops in Bristol for the BBC Radio 6 Music Festival and London (Feb 15th Feb at Village Underground – now SOLD OUT), followed by a full US tour (including SXSW).
POLIÇA 2016 EU Tour Dates
09 February – Paris, Point Éphémère
11 February – Berlin, Berghain Kantine (SOLD OUT)
14 February – Bristol, BBC Radio 6 Music Festival
15 February – London, UK Village Underground (SOLD OUT)
The band, comprising Channy Leaneagh, dual drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, bassist Chris Beirden and producer Ryan Olson, collectively wrote the album in their hometown in the winter of 2014, during their first true break from two years of touring. Recorded at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX – nestled a few short miles from the Mexican border – the album builds on POLIÇA’s signature synthesizer and percussion-heavy sounds. Taking in more complex arrangements and a bigger, crisper hi fi punch.
There’s a tighter groove to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh’s singing. Her incredible vocal range is on display throughout, beautifully raw and less electronically effected than on previous recordings. Whilst thematically the album is both political and personal; touching on social injustice, self-doubt and isolation, urban decline and gentrification, overcoming music industry machinations and finding true and honest love in the wake of it all. Even at its darkest, United Crushers is musically the band’s most upbeat and celebratory; a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised.
The new album builds on POLIÇA’s signature synthesizer and percussion-heavy sounds with more complex arrangements and a bigger, more crisp hi-fi punch due to the new approach they took to writing and recording together, all in the same room. There’s a tighter groove to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh’s singing. Her incredible vocal range is on display throughout, beautifully raw and less electronically-affected than on previous recordings.
United Crushers is the follow up to 2013’s Shulamith which EW described as being “propulsive enough for dance floors, and dreamy enough for headphones” and MOJO said that it “proves that intelligent pop music still has the ability to seduce and enthral.” Their first, 2012’s Give You The Ghost, also 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 band has conquered massive festivals around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury in addition to performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Later… With Jools Holland, and more.
POLIÇA United Crushers tracklisting