Minneapolis five piece POLIÇA, led by vocalist and song writer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson and featuring dual drummers Drew Christopherson and Ben Ivascu, and bassist Chris Beirden collectively wrote new album United Crushers in their hometown in the winter of 2014, during their first true break from two years of touring. Recorded at the renowned Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX - nestled a few short miles from the Mexican border - the album builds on POLIÇA’s signature synthesizer and percussion-heavy sounds. Taking in more complex arrangements and a bigger, crisper hi fi punch.
There's a tighter groove to these songs and a more vulnerable quality to them, especially in Leaneagh's singing. Her incredible vocal range is on display throughout, beautifully raw and less electronically effected than on previous recordings. Whilst thematically the album is both political and personal; touching on social injustice, self-doubt and isolation, urban decline and gentrification, overcoming music industry machinations and finding true and honest love in the wake of it all. Even at its darkest, United Crushers is musically the band's most upbeat and celebratory; a weapon meant to empower the weak, the forgotten, and the disenfranchised.