Premiere: Skating Polly Play A School Dance In Their New Video For ‘Louder In Outer Space’

04.18.17 1 week ago

There’s an unbreakable bond that comes with playing music with another person from a very young age. This is definitely the case with Skating Polly’s Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, who have been playing together for the better part of a decade, starting when Mayo was nine and Bighorse was fourteen. “My dad has had so many instruments in the house for as long as I’ve been alive,” Mayo told me over the phone. “Me and Peyton bonded over music. That was the cornerstone of our friendship. So we started playing around with the instruments in our house whenever our parents got together. Then one day, we were like, ‘we should start a band. Why not?’ So we just went for it.”

Hailing from Oklahoma by way of Tacoma, Washington, Skating Polly primarily takes influence from late-’90s female-fronted grunge acts like Veruca Salt, The Breeders, L7 and Babes In Toyland. However, their wide-ranging listening habits allow them to synthesize many sounds into their music, giving them an incredible breadth of sounds, both sonically and lyrically. “We love changing as much as possible,” Mayo told me. “We don’t like writing two songs that sound alike. I guess the best way to go about that is by listening to a bunch of artists.”

Skating Polly is gearing up to release their new EP New Trick, which actually saw Mayo and Bighorse working with some of the women who made the band possible in the first place: Nina Gordon and Louise Post of Veruca Salt. The three-song EP is without a doubt the group’s most defined work, with Post and Gordon’s grungy influence and mastery of powerful vocal harmonies becoming prominent cornerstones of the new Skating Polly sound. “They are so incredibly at harmonies,” said Mayo. “I didn’t think harmonies were that important until we worked with them, and I didn’t realize how much you could move a song with harmonies.”

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