Poliça announce new album 'When We Stay Alive'

Out January 31 on Memphis Industries Listen to new single 'Driving' now

When Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet Poliça’s fourth album, When We Stay Alive , is not about one debilitating accident. It’s a bout the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal, and reclaiming your identity as a result. 

Listen to new single 'Driving' here

While recovering, Leaneagh’s doctor told her to focus not only on physical healing, but to meditate on the mental act of healing as well – workin g to erase the anger, regrets, and fear she felt about her fall. To do so, he suggested she rewrite the story she told herself about what happened on February 28th. Left alone with her thoughts and her back fully braced, Leaneagh would visualize herself sl ipping and falling not onto cement, but instead onto a cloud, landing safely before breaking into a sprint over snow melting to reveal tall blades of green grass. As she felt the positive effects of this mental exercise, she set about doing the same for ot her injuries and pains that she gripped onto from her past.

On brooding opener and first single Driving, one of the songs written postaccident, Ryan Olson’s beats run like white lines over asphalt.Here’s Channy describing 'Driving‘s origins:

“Laying in bed, as I healed from a 10 foot fall of carelessness with my life, I would dream of running in green grass and tears would pour from my eyes. “Running in the tall tear grass; imagine wanting life and the want remains.” That is a feeling to hold onto; that life is worth living even when all the towers are crumbling and this goes beyond my own little accident but the world around me. Following the crone into the sinking ship and having the chance to return without a shadow. Drive on, Drive on. A second chance you won’t forget”

When We Stay Alive possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats of Poliça co-founder and producer Ryan Olson. Over the last several years Olson and Leaneagh have widely collaborated with musicians from all over the world: both with Bon Iver, and Leaneagh individually with Boys Noize, Lane 8,Sasha, Leftfield, and Daniel Wohl; Olson with Swamp Dogg in addition to countless musicians from the 37d03d collective. As a result, When We Stay Alive features one of the largest musical casts of any Poliça record to date. To create the album, Olson brought his favorite collaborators into hisstudio for all-night sessions. He’d then send Leaneagh the files to write lyrics to while recovering athome, which she’d record alone or with engineer Alex Proctor. Drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu colored the songs with a new approach–drastically changing the rhythmic dynamic from previous efforts by creating an indistinguishable hybrid of live and electronic instrumentation--and bassist Chris Bierden provided a melody-laden low-end as well as more layered backing vocals than ever before.

On Poliça’s first three albums, Leaneagh focused on restructuring the world and her relationships within it. On When We Stay Alive, she realizes the power in restructuring her inner self. The album’s title references the idea of moving forward through life – our experiences, both good and bad – and what happens next with the strength we find. “I had been living unconsciously in past trauma,” Leaneagh says. “I don’t want to deny something happened – this is not about repression – it’s about taking the power back from the past, holding the power in the present, and creating a new story for myself.”

When We Stay Alive tracklisting:

  1. Driving
  2. TATA
  3. Fold Up
  4. Feel Life
  5. Little Threads
  6. Be Again
  7. Steady
  8. Forget Me Now
  9. Blood Moon
  10. Sea Without Blue

When We Stay Alive is available to pre-order on crystal clear gatefold vinyl plus a super limited numbered, screen printed version, along with CD and digital.  Go here for all your pre-ordering options.

Poliça have announced a raft of North American and European shows for 2020.  Full list of dates below:

07 February - Bristol, UK - Thekla

08 February - Manchester, UK - Gorilla

10 February - Glasgow, UK - St. Luke’s

11 February - London, UK - Village Underground

12 February - Brighton, UK - Concorde 2

14 February - Paris, France - La Maroquinerie

15 February - Brussels, Belgium - Botanique/Orangerie

16 February - Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom

18 February - Cologne, Germany - Artheatre

19 February - Hamburg, Germany - Gruenspan

21 February - Oslo, Sweden - John Dee

22 February - Stockholm, Sweden - Slaktkyrkan

24 February - Copenhagen, Denmark - Little Vega

25 February - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Theatre

27 February - Warsaw, Poland - Hydrozagadka

28 February - Vienna, Austria - WUK

29 February - Munich, Germany - Hansa 39

01 March - Milan, Italy - Santeria

03 March - Barcelona, Spain - La Nau

04 March - Madrid, Spain - Caracol

19 March - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon

20 March - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

21 March - Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx

23 March - Toronto, OH - Horseshoe Tavern

24 March - Montreal, QB - Bar Le Ritz

25 March  - Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall

27 March - NYC - Webster Hall

28 March - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer

29 March - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club

31 March - Columbus, OH - The Basement

01 April - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway

02 April - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn

10 April - First Avenue release show

16 April - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre

17 April - Vancouver, BC - Venue

18 April - Portand, OR - Wonder Ballroom

20 April - Sacramento, CA - Harlow’s

21 April - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore

22 April - LA, CA - Teragram Ballroom

24 April - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

25 April - Albuquerque, NM - Sister

27 April - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn

28 April - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co

29 April - Oklahoma City, OK - 89th St

30 April - Lawrence, KS - The Bottleneck

01 May - Omaha, NE - Waiting Room

02 May- Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews

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