Skating Polly have shared a new video for the single “Classless Act”, opening track of their latest album ‘The Make It All Show’, which is out now via El Camino Media.
The Tacoma-based self-titled “ugly-pop” trio will also be touring Europe this October, including a UK run with co-headliners She Makes War.
An acid/psychedelic adventure, the new animated video for “Classless Act” is directed by Glendon and Isabella. Skating Polly wrote about the video for The Talkhouse, saying: “Classless Act” is a song we had been working on since before the 2016 election, or at least the riff. When we first started jamming on it I’d ride the cowbell to go for a laid back, cartoonish, southern rock vibe. It was kind of a joke. But after November 8th, it took on a more aggressive serious tone. We came up with the lyrics in the aftermath of the election. Every week something new would happen that would depress or enrage us, and there were much more topical lyrics we almost used but we didn’t want to be too on the nose and have lyrics about collusion or orange hair. It’s kind of intimidating trying to talk about something everyone on the internet and TV talks about everyday. We just wanted to talk about how it felt to be living through it.”
Skating Polly European live dates (co-headline with She Makes War):
3rd Oct – Glocksee, HANNOVER (DE)
4th Oct – Stallwerk, HAMBURG (DE)
6th Oct – Kantine, NUREMBERG (DE)
8th Oct – Kohi, KARLSRUHE (DE)
9th Oct – Le Trokson, LYON (FR)
10th Oct – Disorder Club, ST. ETIENNE (FR)
11th Oct – Supersonic, PARIS (FR)
12th Oct – L’Atelier des Moles, MONTBELIARD (FR)
14th Oct – Gulliver’s MANCHESTER (UK)
15th Oct – The Cluny, NEWCASTLE (UK)
16th Oct – Broadcast, GLASGOW (UK)
17th Oct – Beta, NOTTINGHAM (UK)
18th Oct – Lexington, LONDON (UK)
19th Oct – Swn Festival, CARDIFF (UK)
20th Oct – Hare & Hounds, BIRMINGHAM (UK)
There’s a difficult to describe, yet timeless quality to certain songs that transcend genre or era. It’s something that you can’t fake or contrive and it’s what lies at the core of Skating Polly’s music. Admittedly the female-driven alternative acts that inspired the band such as Veruca Salt, X, The Breeders, L7 and Babes In Toyland (the latter of whom Skating Polly toured with in Europe) aren’t typical reference points for most of today’s up-and-coming bands, but to Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse they should be. “The thing that we identify with in a lot of those bands is that they can be really aggressive and loud while also being super melodic,” Kelli explains, adding that the new dynamic of brother Kurtis Mayo joining the band helped them to be more expansive when it came to their arrangements: “Everything happened very smoothly when Kurtis became part of the band. It just felt natural having him there and writing with him.”
The threesome tracked their fifth studio record ‘The Make It All Show’ (May 2018, El Camino Media) at Seagrass Studio in Los Angeles with producer Brad Wood(Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair) who also helmed their ‘New Trick EP’ (feat. Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt). With ages ranging between 17 and 21, Skating Polly continue to produce music well beyond their quantifiable years and ‘The Make It All Show’ is their most fully realized work yet, hinting at a bright future for one of rock’s most promising acts.