- 13 Oct 16
Synth-pop sadsters Poliça talk about Donald Trump, finding happiness when they least expected and their debt to Prince.
Channy Leaneagh is looking forward to bringing her band, Poliça, back to Ireland. After her last visit here, she feels she is owed a little good luck. “We played Castlepalooza and the gig itself was great – there was a double rainbow! Unfortunately, my daughter had brought home a bug from school and I caught pneumonia. I never felt so shit. A really great doctor in Dublin helped me and it was fantastic seeing my first Irish castle. But I was extremely ill.”
I joke that Leaneagh can at least empathise with Hillary Clinton and her recent bout of pneumonia. However, it turns out Leaneagh isn’t necessarily the universe’s biggest Hilary Clinton fan. As with any self-respecting left of centre voter in the United States she was massively in the tank for the populist Bernie Sanders. That Clinton, rather than Sanders, is Democratic nominee is, she feels, due in no small part to establishment skulduggery.
“Look at what happened after it was disclosed that the Democratic National Convention had been working to purposefully hinder Sanders from getting the nomination,” says Leaneagh, from her home in Minneapolis. “It was a conspiracy. And yet, when the emails leaked, all anyone cared about was Donald Trump asking the Russians to continue with the hacking. There was this huge scandal – and the media completely ignored it.”