KEXP favorite Poliça tore the roof off of Neumos last Friday with an excellent set from both them and their tour opener, Chicago electronic group Supreme Cuts. Put together, it was a dark and provocative evening of good music that got everyone’s weekend off to a good start.
Despite some equipment issues, Supreme Cuts were a sight and sound to behold. Mixing elements of experimental, floor-shaking bass, hip-hop, and sampling, this two man blitzkrieg didn’t stop until their equipment literally ceased function. For thirty minutes, they didn’t stop for a breath, for applause, or for anyone to catch up. Triggering samples and setting off numerous drum machines and drum pads scattered across their table of goodies, the two were hard at work while the audience got to jam to it. Their tunes were gloriously disorienting, and their mixture of sounds, styles, and genres was pretty impressive. Unfortunately, two-thirds of the way through their set, equipment failure put a damper on their groove. But Supreme Cuts refused to stop, and powered through the last couple tunes, even if they were a bit more experimental than they were hoping.
For a band whose unique studio album production is a defining trait of their sound, Poliça know how to throw down a good, old-school live show. The endless layers of vocal overdub and vocoder are stripped away from Channy Leaneagh’s gorgeous voice and the quiet electronic track in the background is barely noticeable. Instead, Poliça hits you in the face with two full-kit drummers and some seriously awesome bass work to back Leaneagh’s howling. With no live guitar or live synth, Poliça’s live set has a unique sound, and its quite different from their album. But the unique experience is welcome. Leaneagh floats around stage and dances along as her band jams out. The crowd is in love within moments, and how can they not be? Each member of the band is completely entranced in their performance. Cheap crowd participation is kept to a minimal as each focuses entirely on musicianship. Even if you weren’t a huge fan of their new record Give You The Ghost, don’t pass up an opportunity to see Poliça live. Among this year’s rising bands, this one has their live show down to a science, and it will only get more captivating with time.
Check out our photos of Poliça, featuring one shot of some Seattle musicians we love jamming out in the crowd.