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Polica :: Wonder Ballroom: 11.22.13

2013 has been a banner year for both synthpop and female-fronted bands, at least where The Wonder Ballroom is concerned. Earlier this year, Portland was treated to visits from Polica, Bat for Lashes, and Chvrches - and things came full circle this Friday night when Channy and the rest of the gang returned to The Wonder in support of Polica's new album, "Shulamith."
 
If you've never seen Polica in concert, it's an experience. Vocalist Channy Leaneagh can seem a little somber, at times - she doesn't smile much and she tends to dispense with on-stage banter: there are no cute anecdotes about visiting Voodoo Donuts or Powell's, here. Leaneagh's often serious demeanor belies the passion behind her music, though - once she starts singing, she closes her eyes, dances to the beat, and lets loose with ethereal, hauntingly beautiful vocals. 
 
While they played a few of their older songs (including the crowd favorite, "Dark Star"), much of Friday's setlist focused on material off of Shulamith - including the singles "Tiff" and "Chain My Name" - before closing out with a brilliant cover of Lesley Gore's "You Don't Own Me." One thing is for sure, though - whether they're playing new material, old material, or really old cover material - Polica's got a unique sound that will transport you to another place.
 



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11/25/2013 6:10PM
Polica :: Wonder Ballroom: 11.22.13
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