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Polica keeps things "casual" but focused

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Polica's beginnings were surprisingly "casual" for a group accomplished enough for Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) to call "the best band I've ever heard."

The Minneapolis-based electro pop group is primarily a vehicle for singer and songwriter Channy Leaneagh and grew out of her association with Ryan Olson of the Gayngs collective. Leaneagh sang on the group's 2011 album "Affiliyated," then toured with the group to support it.

"The artistic inspiration (for Polica) was just two friends coming together to see what we could make together," Leaneagh recalls. "I though (Olson) could do good work wtih some songs I had been writing, and when he had some time in between tours we hung out and made songs.

"As casual as it sounds, it was -- and maybe even more so. There were no goals at the start. The goals are being created now, and the vision is being established as I write."

With Polica's debut album, "Give You the Ghost," generating a strong buzz -- and a recent appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" -- Leaneagh and company are trying to keep Police moving forward. "I'm driving to the recording studio right now," Leaneagh notes, "and we will see where this new rematch of songs sets us."

Polica and Erno the Inferno perform Thursday, May 10, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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