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Poli├ža signs with NYC indie label to re-release debut album

  • Blog Post by: Chris Riemenschneider
  • August 1, 2012 - 3:20 PM

 

Channy Leaneagh led Polica through a sweltering set at the River's Edge Music Fest in June. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Channy Leaneagh led Polica through a sweltering set at the River's Edge Music Fest in June. / Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune 

Poliça is headed to Lollapalooza this weekend with some news that will lift its profile even higher: Mom + Pop Music -- a New York indie label affiliated with the likes of Andrew Bird, Metric and Tokyo Police Club -- has signed on to re-release the Minneapolis band’s debut, “Give You the Ghost,” on Aug. 14. The new edition of the record will be bundled with a remix EP, featuring album tracks reimagined by the likes of Gardens & Villa (whose version of “The Maker” is posted below).

“Give You the Ghost” was originally released in February on Totally Gross National Product, the local co-op of a label that’s largely run by Poliça drummer Drew Christopherson. The group had offers from bigger indie shops even back then. Christopherson pretty well explained why they held off signing with anyone at the time of the record’s release:

“If we waited around for other people or another company to get involved, there's no way we would have a record coming out in February. It's as simple as that: We didn't want to wait around to put the record out. But [TGNP] has always been more a community-oriented operation, and everything we're accomplishing and learning with this record is to the benefit of everyone else in that community.”

Working with Mom + Pop should be another learning experience. Poliça, however, doesn't seem to be changing up the rest of its game plan. After next weekend’s outdoor gig at Cabooza Plaza, the quartet will continue to tour heavily upon the album’s re-release, with dates going into October everywhere from the Austin City Limits fest to New York’s Webster Hall.

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