Poliça's Channy Leanagh

Poliça: SXSW 2012 Interview

Poliça, just a year old, was born out of Gayngs, a collective known for its shifting lineup of two dozen musicians — including Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Megafaun. Gayngs member and singer Channy Leanagh is the heart of Poliça, ably supported by her bandmates, like Gayngs' Ryan Olson, who produced Poliça's debut Give You The Ghost, and Bon Iver's own Mike Noyce.

The Minneapolis band kicks off a US tour tonight, March 19, in Nashville and makes their way to New York by the end of the month, playing Brooklyn's The Rock Shop on March 27 and Mercury Lounge on March 28. Give You The Ghost is out now via Minnesota record label Totally Gross National Product.

Riding high on an NPR Music's free day party last week, plus seven other Austin gigs, Leanagh took some time out on Saturday morning, right before the band's Hard Rock showcase at Cedar Door, to chat with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali about the evolution of the Poliça, which first began at last year's SXSW festival.

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