It looks as if Channy Moon Casselle will be flying the Roma di Luna nest in a big way. Just a few weeks since word got out on the husband/wife-led band's dissolution, its co-founding singer just debuted two tracks by her new group, Polica. The local all-star group of sorts also features Gayngs guru Ryan Olson, Vampire Hands guitarist Chris Bierden and drummers Drew Christopherson (Olson's ex-Digitata mate) and Ben Ivascu (the Stnnng). Other various Gayngs members are reportedly involved, too.
As I reported a couple weeks ago, Olson and Casselle were working on tracks last month in Austin, Texas, at Spoon drummer Jim Eno's reputable studio. Word is Eno himself -- hands down, one of the best drummers out there -- did a little performing on the recordings, too.
You can probably guess by the parties involved that Polica sounds nothing like Casselle's prior group, but you may still be shocked how different she sounds. "Lay Your Cards Out" is a heavily Auto-Tuned, synth-chilling tune that sounds very much like a Gayngs outtake. "Dark Star" is more uptempo and freaky. Click here to hear both tracks.
Channy & Co. aren't wasting anytime hitting the stage, either. Look for a Polica preview set Sunday around 6 p.m. at Nick and Eddie. Maybe then we'll figure out the proper way to pronounce the band name.
Don't count Roma di Luna out entirely, though. The band's farewell shows are still on for Dec. 17-18 at the Cedar Cultural Center, and co-leader Alexei Casselle will reportedly be at the concerts (unlike the RdL set without him at SoundTown two weekends ago).