Poliça’s synth pop heals broken-hearted ACL Aggies

Minneapolis synth pop storm chasers Poliça (Polish for “policy”) run on vocalist Channy Leaneagh’s massive pipes and bass player and producer Ryan Olson’s rowdy licks. There’s two expertly justified drum kits stretching rhythms as a dude in glasses off to the side twists knobs on his keyboard, mounted on a guitar case. The five-piece band donned dark gear Saturday at the Austin Ventures Stage, soothed grieving Aggies and nervous Longhorns alike with gorgeous atmospherics.

But, mostly, we were glad they made it this time. Performing with Gayngs, Olson and Leaneagh found themselves in a label dispute and stuck in Austin sans instruments back in 2010, forcing the band to cancel its ACL date.

If you’re a headphones and desktop band you’re main outdoor festival objective is hypnotic balance. You want a loyal cluster locked in, nodding and indifferent to distractions. You also want to conquer curious stragglers with inviting siren calls like “Chain My Name.”

To that end Poliça hummed, incorporated maracas for added sugar, and won. I can truthfully say that at no point was my phone scoped out for Texas v. Baylor updates.


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