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Poliça on Mentally Rewriting History to Stay Alive

on January 31, 2020, 12:15pm

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Poliça vocalist Channy Leaneagh speaks with Kyle Meredith about the band’s new record, When We Stay Alive, and the 10 ft. fall from a rooftop that left her temporarily paralyzed while writing the songs. Leaneagh discusses the identities of her own character both before and after the event, the idea of mentally rewriting her own history as an act of coping, and using that same concept in all of our lives to process the larger cultural environment. We also hear how her involvement in Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner’s People (37d03d) collective has changed the way she approaches writing, and her recent collaborations with Boys Noize and Lane 8.

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Kyle Meredith With… is an interview series in which WFPK’s Kyle Meredith speaks to a wide breadth of musicians. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Meredith digs deep into the artist’s work to find out how the music is made and where their journey is going, from legendary artists like Robert Plant, Paul McCartney, U2 and Bryan Ferry, to the newer class of The National, St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, Haim, and Father John Misty.

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