With their new album ‘The Make It All Show’ set for release this Friday May 11th (May 4th in North America) via El Camino Media, Skating Polly have announced a
September European tour.
Along with the dates, they’ve dropped yet another dose of their self-proclaimed "ugly pop" from ‘The Make It All Show’ with accompanying visuals. “Little Girl Blue and the Battle Envy” belies its saccharine start, building to an explosive, cathartic crescendo.
“On the surface it’s about a soldier who would rather live with the shame of leaving her post or even a life sentence, than deal with all the pressure and commands that come with the “glory”” explains Kelli Mayo. “I guess on a more personal level it came from a place of feeling like no one was letting me make choices for myself and I was just being yanked into a billion different directions based on what they thought I should be."
Skating Polly European live dates:
6th Sept - Vera, GRONINGEN (NL)
7th Sept - Extra Blues Bar, BIELEFELD (DE)
9th Sept - Paard, DEN HAAG (NL)
10th Sept - Sebright Arms, LONDON (UK)
11th Sept - Le Pub, NEWPORT (UK)
13th Sept - The Thunderbolt,BRISTOL (UK)
14th Sept - Firebug,LEICESTER (UK)
15th Sept - Broadcast,GLASGOW (UK)
16th Sept - Hare and Hounds,BIRMINGHAM (UK)
17th Sept - Yardbirds Rock Club, GRIMSBY (UK)
18th Sept - L’Olympic Cafe, PARIS (FR)
19th Sept - Blue Devils, ORLEANS (FR)
20th Sept - le Brin de Zinc, CHAMBERY (FR)
22nd Sept - Vortex Surfer Musikclub, SIEGEN (DE)
With their new album ‘The Make It All Show’ set for release on May 11th (May 4th in North America) via El Camino Media, Skating Polly have dropped a third dose
of addictive, attitude-heavy punk-rock.
Following the moreish first single “Queen For A Day” (feat. vocals from X’s Exene Cervenka), and the thrashy“Camelot,” they now present the sunny-sounding ‘Hollywood Factory’ with a wry smile.
Commenting on the track, the band's Kelli Mayo says: "We first wrote "Hollywood Factory" after I filmed a pilot for a TV show and the possibility of it getting picked up was all I could think about for a while. The lyrics were meant to poke fun at the idea of going to Hollywood and selling out, or at least trying to sell out if Hollywood will have you. Anyway, it didn't get picked up and we kinda swept the song under the rug with it, but right before we went in to record the album, we decided to work on it again, this time with Kurtis on board as our third member. We made the lyrics darker at some points and just more sarcastic overall. Despite the sarcasm, It's probably the most poppy song on the record and the most cheerful one for sure!"
Punk-rock trio Skating Polly have revealed a second cut from their forthcoming full-length album, ‘The Make It All Show’, which set for release on May 11th (May 4th in North
America) via El Camino Media.
Following the moreishly catchy first single “Queen For A Day” (feat. vocals from X’s Exene Cervenka), new track“Camelot” unleashes Skating Polly’s thrashy side.
“I want something better than you… course I do” yelps and snarl’s 17-year-old Kelli Mayo, as the Tacoma-based siblings prove why they’re one of the most visceral rock bands doing the rounds, dishing riffs and attitude in spades.
Sibling punk-rock trio Skating Polly are excited to announce their new full-length album, ‘The Make It All Show’ for release on May 11th (May 4th in North America) via El Camino Media.
They are also premiering the video for “Queen For A Day”, the first new track from ‘The Make It All Show’, which features guest vocals from the song’s co-writer Exene Cervenka – the producer of the band’s 2013 album ‘Lost Wonderfuls’ and singer of seminal punk band X.
“The lyrics for this song came from a conversation we had backstage with Exene about the old game show Queen For A Day” explains Skating Polly’s Kelli Mayo. “The premise of the show was that women with tragic stories (sick children, dead husbands, poverty, etc) would compete against each other for applause from the audience. The winner would get a washing machine or whatever household prize they asked for and be crowned Queen For A Day. Months after this conversation Exene sent me lyrics in a text and we wrote the song around them. She's singing on the second and third choruses too. We wanted the video to emulate the old show but also look like it was directed by John Waters.”
The threesome tracked their forthcoming fifth studio record this past Winter at Seagrass Studio in Los Angeles with producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair) who also helmed last year’s ‘New Trick EP’ (feat. Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt).
Between writing and recording this past year, Kelli, Peyton Bighorse, and Curtis Mayo have spent most of their time on the road – supporting X on two legs of their 40th-anniversary tour, hitting the UK and Europe with Kate Nash, playing Riot Fest and zig-zagging across the country on multiple headline tours.
With ages ranging between 17 and 21, Skating Polly continues to produce music well beyond their quantifiable years and ‘The Make It All Show' is clearly reflective of a band at its tightest and most confident – expanding on the dynamic song structures, harmonies and melodies explored on ‘New Trick’.
Skating Polly’s new album ‘The Make It All Show’ is out May 11th on El Camino Media. You can check out the new video for “Queen For A Day” HERE, and the track will be available to stream or purchase via all DSPs this Friday, March 2nd.
The band will go on a West Coast US tour with The Go! Team next month, followed by a North American tour this Spring with Charly Bliss. UK dates will follow later in 2018.