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Polica @ The Fillmore 

Wednesday, Mar 23 2016
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If it weren't for lead vocalist Channy Leaneagh, the Minneapolis band Polica would sound just like any other indie-rock outfit. Fortunately, that's not the case. What's so great about Leaneagh's voice? Despite the fact that Leaneagh was born in Colorado, she has a slight Eastern European accent. It makes absolutely no sense — "I don't understand it, really," she says — and yet it works. Her naturally thick, deep voice melds with the dark, synthpop textures of the band's instrumentals, almost as if she's wrapping her words around the melodies. (Leaneagh also uses a DJ mixer to manipulate the pitch of her voice when she sings.) Leaneagh had a lisp growing up, as well as a tendency to roll her r's. Though her mom threatened to send her to speech therapy classes, she never went, which might account for why she sounds the way she does today. Leaneagh started her career as a busker on the streets of Minneapolis playing traditional folk music with a fiddle and violin. By luck, the band's current producer, Ryan Olson, heard her sing a cover of a Sam Cooke song and was smitten with her voice. Seven years later, Polica is now a well-established band with three albums under its belt and invitations from mega companies like Sour Patch inviting them to stay for free at their guest house in Brooklyn. "It's very odd," Leaneagh says. "You just never know when it's going to happen. It's such a weird world.

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