ONCE Somerville presents
Potty Mouth, Eye Witness
Sun, June 10, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmONCE Lounge
$12.00 - $15.00
This event is minors under 18 with parent or legal guardian
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:
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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.
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
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
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