April 23, 2012


Watch Five Songs From Minneapolis "Dark Pop" Group Polica

Last year, while preparing for South by Southwest, I skimmed through a Spotify playlist of some under-the-radar bands playing at the annual music festival in Austin. Most underwhelmed, but two songs from Minneapolis indie rock band Poliça stuck out. The band's multi-percussive, moody rock (anchored by dual drummers) and lead singer Channy Leaneagh's Auto-Tuned voice (far removed from the program's icy, distant application in hip hop) hooked me immediately. Not long after, the band's debut Give Up the Ghost became one of my favorite albums of the year.

Fuse exclusively shot the band's April 1 show at Brooklyn Bowl and caught up with Leaneagh and drummer Drew Christopherson beforehand. The duo discussed their "dark pop" sound, Leaneagh's use of Auto-Tune and getting a slightly hyperbolic, but helpful, co-sign from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. After watching the interview about, check out five songs from the set. The more you know.

Poliça - "Wandering Star"

Poliça - "Dark Star"

Poliça - "Amongster"

Poliça - "Fist, Teeth, Money"

Poliça - "Lay Your Cards Out"