Polica release "Chain My Name," playing two shows at Mill City Nights

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Here's Polica's Channy Leaneagh and Chris Bierden at Summer Set 2013.

The media blitz for Polica's second album is in full swing this week. Today, the group dropped a new single from the forthcoming Shulamith, which is due October 22 via Mom + Pop.

Much like the earlier song, "Tiff" featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, "Chain My Name" is aggressive. The difference, however, is that this song is really upbeat and catchy. It's easily the most pop-oriented of the group's career. Stream it below.

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"As soon as I started dealing with Polica's production, as soon as I started working with Ryan [Olson], that music made me want to move in ways that, in Roma di Luna, just wouldn't have been appropriate," frontwoman Channy Leaneagh told the Current's Andrea Swensson in an interview that aired this past weekend. "[laughs] You know? But I've always been a mover."

The chat was part of a special that focused on stage presence, which is something that seems to come up in every review of Polica Gimme Noise has ever read. You can expect that a song this vibrant will keep her movement in further evolution. The tempo pushes to a new extreme -- for Polica, anyhow -- while Leaneagh recalls the icy cool of Everything But the Girl's Tracey Thorn's vocal. This is a synth-pop keeper.

This is the cover for "Chain My Name."

This week also brings us news of two Twin Cities-based album-release shows at Mill City Nights. Polica will play the AEG Live venue on November 29-30.

As for Shulamith itself, hungry fans can get a hold of it a week before its October 22 release by heading to independent record stores, such as the Electric Fetus. There, a limited-edition double vinyl version -- with Polica-customized sleeves -- will be available in limited quantities.

Update: The Minneapolis Fetus location will host an intimate in-store performance by the band on Monday, October 21. The first 250 people to pre-purchase the album will receive tickets to the show, which begins at 10 p.m. All of the details are here.

Or, pre-order it on iTunes and get a hookup on a limited-edition Michael Gaughan lithograph. Or, for the completists, there's a 12x9 32-page Shulamith book featuring lyrics, notes, and the sumptuous photography of Cameron Wittig. Choices galore, folks.


Polica. With Marijuana Deathsquads. Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30 at Mill City Nights. RSVP here.

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111 N. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN

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