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Poliça Announce New Album “When We Stay Alive”, Shares New Single “Forget Me Now”

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Poliça. (Photo: Zoe Prinds)

Poliça have shared their rousing, defiant new single “Forget Me Now,” the second from the band’s forthcoming album, When We Stay Alive, due out January 31st, 2020, via Memphis Industries. Stream it below.

“Forget Me Now” is letting off some steam. It’s about recognizing a pattern of choosing people who can’t love you how you wish to be loved. It’s still remaining very grateful, counting blessings day and night; but don’t confuse being at peace with being a pushover,” says singer Channy Leaneagh. “I think I wrote these words while angry-shoveling this winter. How does it go? ‘Choose a liar once and that’s the liar’s fault; choose a liar three times and it seems maybe I likes liars?’ All the songs are about me and none of them are; this isn’t an excerpt from my diary but it has been many times.”

The “Forget Me Now” video was directed by friend and long-term collaborator Isaac Gale and previews Poliça’s upcoming 2020 performances. The track follows brooding and propulsive first single “Driving;” released as a double-single featuring non-album track B-side “trash in bed,” co-produced by Boys Noize. Produced by Poliça co-founder and producer Ryan Olson and mixed by Jim Eno (Spoon), When We Stay Alive is now available for pre-order.

Poliça—who headlined two sold out hometown Minneapolis shows last week—will head out an extensive tour throughout North America, the UK, and Europe next year, beginning in early February. A current itinerary is below and tickets are on sale now.

When Leaneagh fell off her roof while clearing ice in early 2018, she smashed her L1 vertebrae and battered her spine, leaving her in a brace with limited mobility for months. Yet When We Stay Alive, is not about one debilitating accident. It’s about the redemptive power of rewriting your story in order to heal, and reclaiming your identity as a result.

In the still silence of healing, she found that a multitude of feelings were becoming very loud. Leaneagh realized her self-identity had become attached to her experiences of physical and mental trauma, and she began to consider what it would be like to live without the past as a burden. “I felt there were many things I could look at and say, ‘This happened to me but I’m okay now. It’s not happening anymore and I got the care I needed for it. Now it’s time to rewrite the story I tell about myself and to myself,’” she explains.

When We Stay Alive possesses a new confidence in its sound, reflected in its fierce, determined songs and anchored by the heavy synths and punctuating beats of Olson. Over the last several years Olson and Leaneagh have widely collaborated with musicians from all over the world: both with Bon Iver, and Leaneagh individually with Boys Noize, Lane 8, Sasha, Leftfield, and Daniel Wohl; Olson with Swamp Dogg in addition to countless musicians from the 37d03d collective. As a result, When We Stay Alive features one of the largest musical casts of any Poliça record to date.

On Poliça’s first three albums, Leaneagh focused on restructuring the world and her relationships within it. On When We Stay Alive, she realizes the power in restructuring her inner self. The album’s title references the idea of moving forward through life—our experiences, both good and bad—and what happens next with the strength we find.

Poliça 2020 Tour Dates:
2/6 – London, UK – Banquet Records outstore, St John’s Church, Kingston
2/7 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
2/8- Manchester, UK – Gorilla
2/10- Glasgow, UK – St. Lukes
2/11- London, UK – Village Underground
2/12- Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
2/14- Paris, France – La Maroquinerie
2/15 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique/Orangerie
2/16- Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
2/18 – Cologne, Germany – Artheatre
2/19 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
2/21- Oslo, Norway – John Dee
2/22- Stockholm, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
2/24 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Little Vega
2/25 – Berlin, Germany – Columbia Theatre
2/27 – Warsaw, Poland – Hydrozagadka
2/28 – Vienna, Austria – WUK
2/29 – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
3/1 – Milan, Italy – Santeria
3/3 – Barcelona, Spain – La Nau
3/4 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
3/5 – Porto, Portugal – Casa Da Musica
3/19 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
3/20 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
3/21 – Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
3/23 – Toronto, OH – Horseshoe Tavern
3/24 – Montreal, QB – Bar Le Ritz
3/25 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
3/27 – New York City, NY – Webster Hall
3/28 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
3/29 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
3/31 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
4/1 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
4/2 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barn
4/10 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
4/16 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
4/17 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
4/18 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
4/20 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s
4/21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
4/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
4/24 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
4/25 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister
4/27 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn
4/28 – Dallas, TX – Deep Ellum Art Co
4/29 – Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St
4/30 – Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck
5/1 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
5/2 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews

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