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The members of Skating Polly routinely pull double duty, often swapping turns at lead vocals and instruments throughout their stellar third lp Fuzz Steilacoom and in their kinetic live shows. On this week’s Top Tune, it’s drummer Peyton Bighorse’s turn singing lead on one of our favorite tracks from the record, Blunderland. Her moving vocal in the distance erupts into something larger and more powerful, the song is always a stunner live. Peyton and Kelli recently spoke to one of their heroes (friend and fellow drummer) Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips in this month’s Tom Tom Magazine:
Kliph: “So, what are some of your favorite sounding records that you will be using as inspiration or a litmus test?” Peyton: “I draw inspiration a lot from Elliott Smith and Neutral Milk Hotel and Perfume Genius. I try to do my vocals in a similar way in the sense that all three of them are very sincere and it really shows in their music.”
Speaking of musical heroes, the girls were invited by John Doe of X to be the opening act for The Flesh Eaters reunion tour which kicks off tomorrow night at The Observatory in Santa Ana. It will be the first shows in nine years from the legendary L.A. punk band which was formed in 1977 by Slash Magazine writer and Slash Records A&R man Chris Desjardins.The band features a supergroup of musicians including members of X, The Blasters and Los Lobos, the same line-up who appear on the recently reissued and critically acclaimed 1981 lp A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die. Look for Skating Polly to debut some new songs, not to be missed!
The Flesh Eaters with Skating Polly:
Jan 8 – The Observatory – Santa Ana
Jan 10 – Echoplex – Los Angeles
Jan 11 – The Casbah – San Diego
Visit Skating Polly’s online shop for tees, cds & “Alabama Movies” b/w “A Little Late” now on vinyl.
Contact & Licensing:
“Blunderland” was written by Skating Polly. Published by Go Polly Girl Songs (ASCAP) and Melting By 40 Music (ASCAP)/Some Kind of Music LLC, a Notable Music Co. / contact: Damon Booth / firstname.lastname@example.org. Administered by Downtown Music Publishing. / contact: Sean McGraw / email@example.com. Master controlled by Skating Polly.