Skating Polly, the stepsister duo of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, often calls its music "ugly pop." It's a fitting description for songs that veer between sweet and catchy and full-throated screams with distorted, chug-a-lug guitar. The band's sound is deeply indebted to '90s grunge and alt-rock, but never comes across as pure imitation, perhaps because the duo viewed that era from the outside; when Skating Polly released its first album in 2011, both Mayo and Bighorse were still teens.
Recently, Skating Polly teamed up with Veruca Salt's co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon, who helped the band write an EP called New Trick. "Hail Mary," the first song the band wrote for the new record, showcases Skating Polly's characteristic moodiness, as well the more subtle layers of harmonies that Post and Gordon brought to the new songs. "Hail Mary" opens with a heavy, bass-driven feel that lends it some gravity; as it progresses, layers of guitar build while Mayo and Bighorse's voices pack it down.
Skating Polly Announce New Trick EP – Out April 28th via El Camino Media
Co-written by Veruca Salt’s Louise Post & Nina Gordon
New York, NY – March 22, 2017 – The Tacoma-based band Skating Polly, comprised of stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, is excited to announce the release of its upcoming EP New Trick – due out April 28th via ElCamino Media (pre-order HERE). Following the 2016 release of their highly acclaimed album The Big Fit, the duo found themselves on the receiving end of glowing admiration from Veruca Salt’s co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon, who had reached out looking to collaborate. A dream come true, the band soon joined Post and Gordon in Los Angeles for a writing session, where the four musicians hit it off instantly and soon entered the studio with Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins) to record the three new tracks that make up New Trick. The EP’s artwork is appropriately provided by famous 1970’s punk-era photographer and co-founder of Slashmagazine Melanie Nissen, with the vinyl including a B-side etching hand-drawn by the band.
The collaborative effort helped the stepsisters, who often trade off on instruments and lead vocals, to push the boundaries of their songwriting while maintaining the honest and genuine sound that is such an undeniable part of the band’s DNA. It’s that same sincerity that has helped the band accrue a mass of fans over the last six years and four albums; counting fellow artists like John Doe, JD McPherson, Shirley Manson, Django Django, Meredith Graves, Kate Nash, Wavves, and the actor Viggo Mortensen among them. The press has been paying close attention as well - with their song “Pretective Boy” recently being included on NPR’s Best Songs of 2016 list.
“Raised on riot grrrl and root beer in the red-state Bible belt, Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse are far from your typical middle American teenager.” –Noisey “The shredding stepsisters, who moved to Tacoma early this year, have been playing since 2009, when they were just 9 and 14 years old. In that time, they’ve caught the interest of Exene Cervenka and Calvin Johnson and opened for acts like Babes in Toyland, Deerhoof, and X, to name just a few.” – Seattle Weekly
Originally from Oklahoma, Mayo and Bighorse are self-taught multi-instrumentalists, driven by the idea that they could create full songs with just the two of them in a shared bedroom. Citing female-fronted alternative acts such as The Breeders, L7 and Veruca Salt, Skating Polly shares the unique ability to blend melodic hooks over loud and aggressive instrumentation. New Tricksets that tone out of the gate with the fuzzed-out pop sheen of “Louder In Outer Space,” takes on a moody, harmony-rich bend on the melodically minded “Hail Mary,” which premiered HEREwith NPR, and culminates with “Black Sky,” an instantly memorable song that shows that the band doesn't need distortion or fancy studio trickery in order to craft something that's instantly memorable.
Skating Polly’s song-first mentality, attention to melody, and incredible understanding of dynamics has been brought to the forefront this time around, matching their intense and engaging live shows. Having already toured with the likes of X, Deerhoof, Babes In Toyland, and many others, the band is now joined by their brother Kurtis Mayo mostly on drums, freeing up the band to fully realize their live potential, while continuing to trade instruments of course.
New Trick EP is due out April 28th via El Camino Media and features three new songs co-written by Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt. The digital and vinyl versions of the EP can be pre-ordered HERE and stay tuned to www.skatingpolly.com for the most up-to-date information.
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