Tonight was one of those shows at Maxwell's that I'll look back on and say, "Yeah, I saw her back at Maxwell's. Now that she's headlining Terminal 5, you lost out on seeing her in a small space." Consider myself dazzled as Channy Leanagh of the Minnesota outfit Poliça packed them in for a sold out Sunday show on the Jersey side. Where can I begin with her? Let's see. Umm, she's amazing, like call your best friend and say, "Hey, she's amazing."
Poliça is a welcome new sound on the scene, taking elements from trip hop and new wave and creating a funky and pleasing experience. You got to groove along with their sounds, either nod your head if you're reserved or just bump and grind to your heart's content. Any discussion of the band begins and ends with Leanagh, who's pristine voice makes you think of Sarah Cracknell, Dido and a not weird Bjork. While some of the songs of the their debut album, Give you the Ghost, have a slight distortion to give songs like "Form" and "The Maker" a cosmic effect, live it's all her. She's fantastic live performer, not shy, likes to dance and sway along with the music -- maybe even smile and loose herself into the music.
With the double drumming and live guitarist, the show is not some chick singing over a drum machine or preprogrammed loops. It's very much in the here and now, so you're definately feeling the trippy vibe. Thus, if you're feeling like you're in outer space or some wintery landscape, you can feel right at home. With no opener tonight, we all dove right in the Poliça sound pool and lovde every song, include a trio of jams. Leanagh is obviously is going to find plenty of new fans the next time she comes around, so make sure you hit up Johnny Brenda's on Wednesday.