Skating Polly aka my favourite band have just dropped this sensational new single and video for ‘Louder In Outer Space.’ Fronted on this occasion by Peyton Bighorse (Skating Polly swap between Kelli Mayo and Peyton fronting the band on vocals on different songs), ‘Louder In Outer Space’ is certainly my favourite new Skating Polly track I have heard in a while. And with their all-killer-no-filler prolific output, I don’t say that lightly.
Maybe it’s the direct influence from Veruca Salt’s Louise Post and Nina Gordon that’s done the trick. Post and Gordon have worked closely with Skating Polly on upcoming EP, entitled New Trick, from which ‘Louder In Outer Space’ is the second single. But I think it’s more than that… Peyton’s voice is shining like never before. And Kelli’s harmonies are sensational to say the least. As Kelli told UPROXX:
“I didn’t think harmonies were that important until we worked with [Lousie Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt], and I didn’t realize how much you could move a song with harmonies.”
It’s a pretty, upbeat song that puts the pop in their signature Ugly Pop sound. The backbone of the song is Kurt’s Mayo’s drumming, which thankfully is in the same vein as Kelli and Peyton’s drum sound, leaning heavy on the tom toms.
“Can you hear that harmony?/ I can hear it in my sleep/I hear it even louder in outerspace”
sings Peyton and it’s euphoric. The harmonies kick in and guitars proudly play on, a mixture of scuzz and sweetness. It’s a masterpiece.
I love the video too. Skating Polly videos tend to be pretty simple in format yet compelling viewing, accounted for by their stellar performances and Grunge chic outfits and backdrops. Directed by Eddie O’Keefe, this time they are the band playing the school dance. Peyton wears the homecoming Queen’s tiara, owning the stage, Kelli wear a vintage ruffled shirt and Kurtis is in a floral shirt and bowtie. I mention this because I am big keen on grunge fashion and always have been.
Those harmonies though…
New Trick is out April 28th on El Camino Media. Pre-order it here
And if you are lucky enough to live in the US, you can catch Skating Polly live! (They are AMAZING live btw)
04/29 — Portland, OR @ Music Millennium 05/11 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 05/12 — Greenbay, WI @ Lyric Room 05/13 — Chicago, IL @ Subterranean (downstairs) 05/14 — Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick 05/15 — Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop 05/16 — Pittsburg, PA @ Smiling Moose 05/17 — Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus 05/19 — Montreal, QC @ Pouzza Fest 05/20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie 05/21 — Washington, DC @ DC9 05/22 — Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe 05/24 — St. Louis, MO @ Ready Room 05/25 — Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck 05/26 — Norman, OK @ Opolis 06/03 — Mesa, AZ @ The Underground at the Nile 06/04 — Prescott Valley, AZ @ The Shop 06/06 — San Diego, CA @ Casbah 06/07 — Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater 06/08 — Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room 06/10 — San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside 08/26 — San Bernardino, CA @ It’s Not Dead Fest
Hannah Golightly founded GrrrlsWithGuitars in 2016. She is a riot grrrl musician, singer, guitarist and drummer from the UK. She has been a music critic and rock writer for over eight years and has previously written for collapseboard.com for six years, godisinthetvzine.co.uk, mother's pride zine and vulturehound.com. She has a passion for guitars and amps and owns a lot of them! She is passionate about promoting and helping grrrls and women play guitar and form bands. She loves female rock musicians' music and he favourite band is Skating Polly. She believes that a grrrl with a guitar can change the world!