5GB With Polica; Playing CounterPoint Music Festival, Saturday, Sept. 29th

There are obviously SO many reasons to be excited about the CounterPoint Music Festival, but how about the obvious, THAT IT IS IN OUR HOMETOWN OF ATLANTA! Seriously, how lucky is Atlanta to have all this great talent right in our backyard?  As the cure for the common festival, CounterPoint will be filled with two days of music and art centered right on the scenic Chattahoochee river front, the same location as the 2007 Echo Project. Today we spotlight one of the coolest indie rockers on the charts these days, Polica.

Polica (pronounced po-lisa) began as a collaboration between fellow Gayngs’ members Channy Casselle and Ryan Olson in June of 2011. By July they had completed 11 songs, made the key additions of drummers Ben Ivascu and Drew Christopherson, bass player Chris Bierdan, and headed into the studio. After Mike Noyce (Bon Iver) lent his voice on “Lay Your Cards Out” and “Wandering Star,” the record was brought to Austin, TX to be mixed with Jim Eno (Spoon). In a few days, the LP was completed and the band Poliça was formed. On stage, the original beats composed by Olson play amongst Channy’s passionate vocals & an intense rhythm section, that lead to a description somewhere in the area of electro-r&b goth-pop.

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I saw Prince at the metrodome when I was 8.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

My favorite was in LA at the Bootleg theater a couple days ago.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

Amel Larieux & D’angelo, saw that over 12 years ago and it still sticks with me.

Gig you would most like to play?

I’d like to play in Japan  someday.

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

I like playing shows with friends most of all but I’d also love to tour with a comedian or a dance company.


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