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First Listen: Skating Polly

By David Goe

This Friday night, get ready for one heavy dose of indie punk rock. Four bands, all legit in their own right, are scheduled to take the Main Stage at the Mesa Theater and Club. There hasn't been a good indie show for a while (not since Deerpeople played at KAFM) so there is reason to get excited. Starting today I will be featuring each of the bands individually. First up is Skating Polly. 

Skating Polly is a punk rock, pop duo based out of Oklahoma City. Stepsisters Kelli Mayo (guitar/bass/drums) and Peyton Bighorse (guitar/drums) formed the group after a jam during Halloween 2009 and have since made it their mission to reinvent classic punk rock and bring it back to the masses.    

On "Placer," you can hear the raw vocals and power chord down strokes indicative of every punk band since, well ever. On "Kick" the band sounds more like Kimya Dawson (see Juno soundtrack). No drums, just acoustic guitar and collective singing.

Skating Polly are not perfect musicians or singers and they probably prefer it that way. They are doing their own thing and are content making music that they like.  

“The musicians we’re most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff,” says Mayo via the band's website. “A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing, don’t ever stop’ and we’re just like, ‘Yeah—we weren’t planning on ever stopping.”

Snag "Kick," a free download, and don't forget to catch the band this Friday at the Mesa Theater with Bad Weather California, Sauna, and Wave Baby.  

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