Ahead of their European tour next month, taking in seven UK dates, Skating Polly give fans a taste of what to expect with a raucous new video for “Camelot”.
“Camelot” is a thrashy number, taken from the band’s recent album ‘The Make It All Show,’ which was released back in May via El Camino Media. “I want something better than you… course I do” yelps and snarl’s 17-year-old Kelli Mayo, as the Tacoma-based trio prove why they’re one of the most visceral rock bands doing the rounds, dishing riffs and attitude in spades.
“There are so many moments throughout that always make me smile” she says of the new video. “I love the little kids, love the unfortunate crowd surfer who did not get caught – he’s okay! – and Arrow and Henri from Starcrawler had me cracking up through out the whole shoot. Those two are powerhouses, they never run out of energy. Also Allison Wolfe from Bratmobile crowd surfed for the first time ever in the video!”
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)
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 maybe 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 in 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 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). 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 an even brighter future for one of rock’s most promising acts.