Leaneagh, Polica poised for a breakout (Created 10/3/13)
Two years ago, the band now called Polica hadn't played a single show. In fact, this indie pop/alt rock group from Minneapolis was still finding the groove of its synthpop and R&B sound. But fast forward to present day, and Polica is enjoying a run of success that seems to be in no danger of slowing down.
Credit some of Polica's success to its frontwoman, Channy Leaneagh, whose short, tight-cropped hair and slender figure equate to a remarkably captivating presence onstage. Ask anyone who has seen her live, and they'll likely suggest they felt almost voyeuristic while taking in her detached, yet highly unforgettable performance.
Leaneagh's 'acting' can be attributed to her background as a student at the Ramsey Fine Arts school, where she danced ballet, played violin and acted in school and community theater. Thus the backbone of Polica is well-versed in the art of performance, but also shadowed by heartbreak. Once known to the music world as Channy Casselle, her marriage (to Alexei Moon) and her band (Roma di Luna) crumbled, leaving her with a void that Polica filled – thus giving her a brand new outlet for her emotions.
Polica's first album, "Give You the Ghost," was released on Valentine's Day of 2012 to insanely high praise from critics. Grammy winner and Bon Iver founder Justin Vernon told Rolling Stone, "They're the best band I've ever heard." It's being followed by sophomore effort "Shulamith," which is still slated for a fall 2013 release.
The buzz around Polica remains strong, and a tour currently in progress is only helping the cause. It will end a North American run on December 7 in Madison, Wisconsin and resume January 22 for the European leg beginning in Stockholm, Sweden.
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