Recently, we had experimental Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads
in for a Serious Business On BTR
session (look for the video from that next Monday!) - where they performed in the studio in a stripped-down four piece format. Just a few weeks later they were back in town on their tour with Poliça
(the two bands share some members, and most notably producer Ryan Olson - also of Gayngs - who performs onstage with MDS but lets his music speak for itself in Poliça) so of course we had to check out the full concert experience. Webster Hall is a pretty big stage, so the band had more than enough room to fit three drummers and other guests - including the oh-so-smooth Har Mar Superstar
on a few songs. The result was a total sensory overload of percussive insanity, vocal manipulations, and general musical madness. Singer Isaac Gale seems possessed, thrown into physical and vocal contortions, fed by the fury of electronic and live beats.
Then came Poliça. After the first act’s onslaught of three drummers, two seemed tame, but the style and grace of lead singer Channy Leaneagh is undeniable, and she slithered her way across the stage, pulling the nearly-sold-out room into her spell. The set was heavy on newer material from their recent release, Shulamith, but fans showed a lot of love for the (slightly) older tunes from last year’s Give You The Ghost.