Concert Review: Polica at First Avenue – Minneapolis – March 4, 2016

Polica ©JoeStadelePhotography2016 (1)Photography and review courtesy Joe Stadele for TWTHS.  Photos may not be used without consent and credit.  Published March 7th, 2016.  

After two nights of performance’s through out Minneapolis, Polica marked the “official: release of of their third album, United Crushers, to a very sold out First Avenue.  Fans throughout the Twin Cities had ample opportunity to see the band as they held a meet-and-greet at local record store, The Electric Fetus, as well as two sold out gigs at the Turf Club and 7th Street Entry.  Lead vocalist Channy Leaneagh didn’t demonstrate any nerves but confessed her nervousness before the many friends and family at First Avenue.

Polica performed United Crushers, top-to-bottom with sprinkles of the back catalog.  After the opening trio (Summer Please/Lime Habit/Someway), the band kicked up the tempo with “Chain My Name” off 2013’s Shulamith.   “Melting Block” and “Lay Your Card Out” felt kindred in the extended dueling drum solos of Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu.  “Warrior Lord” was pure seduction in its hypnotic trance.

My primary critique of the show speaks to the importance of drummers Christopherson and Ivascu.  Their interplay is so integral to the Polica sound and it would be nice have the gentlemen featured a bit more prominently. The men felt hidden in the background while Channy and bassist Chris Bierden held the front.  With reliance on pre-programmed electro, Polica’s live performance could benefit from the addition of a live keyboardist and more interplay between Channy and her bandmates.

Polica take United Crushers nationwide through the end of May, including a special performance with S t a r g a z e at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, MN on May 22.   International tour dates follow.  Click here for the latest tour dates.

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Polica’s Setlist

Summer Please
Lime Habit
Some Way
Chain My Name
Wedding
Melting Block
Lay Your Cards Out
Top Coat
Lately
Fish on the Griddle
Berlin
Warrior Lord
Baby Sucks
Kind
Lose You
Encore:
Madonna
Amongster

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