Skating Polly

ONCE Somerville presents

Skating Polly

Potty Mouth, Eye Witness

Sun, June 10, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

Off Sale

ONCE Somerville presents Skating Polly

with Potty Mouth and Eyewitness

$12 adv/$15 day of show

7pm Doors/8pm Show

Tickets on sale Friday 3/30 at 10am

Lounge opens at 6pm.

(Come on by to play a game of pool, pinball, or to just hang out!)

Physical tickets are available at:

A Curated World by Kay McGowan

160 Highland Ave

Wed - Fri: 1pm to 8pm

Sat - Sun: 12pm to 6pm


Skating Polly
Skating Polly
There's a difficult to describe, yet timeless quality to certain songs that transcends 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. The multi-instrumentalist duo of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse started their band in Oklahoma in 2009. They recorded their debut album Taking Over The World in 2010 and achieved instant acclaim from underground music icons like X's Exene Cervenka (who produced 2013's Lost Wonderfuls) and Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson (who produced 2014's Fuzz Steliacoom). After the release of 2016's The Big Fit, Veruca Salt's co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon reached out and said they wanted to write with the band. What started as a writing session ultimately became 2017’s New Trick EP. Now armed with a third member—Kelli’s brother Kurtis Mayo—the trio are about to release their latest full length, The Make It All Show.

The album is the culmination of a very busy year in which the band played over 100 shows, performed at major festivals like Riot Fest & The Capitol Hill Block Party, toured Europe with Kate Nash and reunited with Cervenka for two separate legs of X’s 40th anniversary tour. Speaking of Cervenka, the musical legend also co-wrote the song “Queen For A Day” with the band, a song that sees the trio stretching out both musically and lyrically. “It was great having both Peyton and Kurtis to consult with this time around and writing with Exene was also amazing because she’s one of our biggest influences,” Kelli explains “We went into the studio right after a lot of touring, so we were pretty tight. We kind of internalized the last year, with the world going crazy and our personal lives taking their own weird turns and we let the songs be guided by that.” she continues. “This album sounds very Skating Polly, but our music’s evolved enough that you wouldn’t mistake any of these songs as being from a past record. The songs are definitely more complex.”
For The Make It All Show the group once again teamed up with producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate). “We have a really great rapport with Brad and this was definitely my favorite experience making a record so far,” says Bighorse. “Brad always knew how to capture the right tone because he understood the overall feeling we were going for.” Kelli agrees saying, “The record wouldn’t be what it is without Brad. He’d set something up and be like “this might work” and it would be perfect.”

Admittedly the female-driven alternative acts that inspired the band such as Veruca Salt, X, The Breeders, L7 and Babes In Toyland (the later 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 be more expansive when it came to their sound and arrangements. “Everything happened very smoothly when Kurtis became part of the band. It just felt natural having him there and writing with him.” In typical Skating Polly fashion, the trio will still be switching instruments live, something that’s become a hallmark of their performances and one that opens up more possibilities with the additional instrumentation on The Make It All Show.

Speaking of live shows, Skating Polly really need to be seen in a club to fully grasp what makes them so special. “It can get pretty chaotic when we're playing. People have said it feels like it could fall apart at any moment but in a good way,” Bighorse says with a laugh. “We try to make our music honest and engaging and I think that's what drew us to people like Nina and Louise or Exene; you can probably guess a lot of the acts that we love, but we’re able to keep making music that always sounds like us,” Mayo explains. “We really try to make the songs the focus instead of trying to flaunt technical musical abilities,” adds Bighorse – and that honesty and optimism is why everyone from legendary musical figures as well as hardcore fans have gravitated toward Skating Polly's music. The Make It All Show is the most fully realized work by Skating Polly yet and hints at an even brighter future for one of rock’s most promising acts.
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth
Potty Mouth are Los Angeles-based trio Abby Weems (guitar, lead vocals), Ally
Einbinder (bass) and Victoria Mandanas (drums). Originating in 2011 from
Northampton, Massachusetts, Potty Mouth emerged from a casual, "why not?" attitude
when Einbinder, who met Mandanas at Smith College, set out to form a band with
like-minded women who shared her interest in learning and growing together as
musicians. Though no singer was chosen at the time of formation, Weems emerged as
having a knack for melodies and lyric writing, and what started out as a casual pastime
turned into a way of life; recording, making t-shirts, and planning tours soon came in
natural succession.
In August 2015, the band released a five-song self-titled EP under their own imprint,
Planet Whatever Records. Produced by John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Blonde
Redhead, Bikini Kill) at London Bridge Studios in Seattle, the EP showed off a new level
of both songwriting and production for the trio. Singer-guitarist Abby Weems weaves
sarcasm and melancholia throughout each track, supported by Victoria Madanas'
drum-crushing progression and bassist Ally Einbinder's kick-down-the-door, solid
foundation. The crisper direction emphasizes the work the triad has put in since their
2013 album “Hell Bent,” with more vocal harmonies and bigger production, recalling the
sounds of influences like Veruca Salt and Nirvana.
From 2016-2017, Potty Mouth has toured and shared the stage with CHVRCHES,
Against Me!, Bayside, and Taking Back Sunday. Their tour with CHVRCHES included a
sold-out show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They have also played some
of the country's biggest festivals, including Lollapalooza and Riot Fest.
Their latest single ‘Smash Hit’ is available HERE and was featured on Last Call with
Carson Daly.
Eye Witness
Eye Witness
Eye Witness is the indie-folk duo of Milo and Rainy. They hail from West Boylston, MA and are frequenters of the music scene in Worcester MA and parts beyond.
Venue Information:
ONCE Lounge
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143