By Jamie McNamara
At their core, Poliça has always been an intensely personal band. Give You The Ghost and Shulamith were personal to the point of being claustrophobic, lead singer Channy Leaneagh and company writing electronic ballads that were suffocating and intoxicating.
United Crushers is the third full-length from the Minneapolis synth-pop group, and it builds on Poliça’s ability to make atmospheric synth-pop with political teeth. United Crushers is a bleak, dour record that manages to be a joy to listen to.
Poliça continue to hone their fairly distinct formula that has heavy emphasis on percussion and bass. Drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson weave together syncopated drum beats that sound as if they were coming from one drum set. Bassist Chris Bierden and band leader/producer Ryan Olson do an amazing job to build a dour atmosphere that doesn’t suffocate the listener.
In an interview with DIY Magazine, Leaneagh says that she “saw this record as my last chance.” Indeed, this record feels more urgent than past work. Songs like “Wedding” feature political territory like police brutality that the band didn’t deal with in the past. It feels like the logical next step for a band that continues to excel.Poliça, United Crushers