Polica - SWG3, Glasgow, Fri 2 Nov 2012
Icy pop rock that's enjoyable without straining the imagination
It’s Minneapolis outfit Poliça’s first time in Scotland, says singer Channy Leaneagh, and we can tell it'll be the last they’re in a modest-sized venue like SWG3. Disregarding approval they’ve already had from Jay-Z and Bon Iver, they’re a collection of carefully-sculpted features which point towards significant critical success, not least the willowy, stylishly-cropped brunette Leaneagh’s magazine-shifting good looks and a voice finely tuned for commercial success, a three-way split between Evanescence’s Amy Lee, The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan and Florence Welch.
Yet, for the very reason of their suitability for the chart’s upper reaches, Poliça are enjoyable without straining the imagination. Leaneagh marshals a wash of electronics and sings with a wholehearted holler on ‘Fist Teeth Money’ (‘it doesn’t make any sense, but it actually does if you think about it,’ she explains), while dubby basslines ring out. It’s the two-drumkit assault which really defines their sound, though, striking and definitive, yet somewhat gimmicky in the context of the pop fluff surrounding them.