Skating Polly: What Are You Listening To?

Skating Polly: What Are You Listening To?

Skating Polly is a family affair making some of the most intriguing punk- and pop-influenced music around

When two families in Oklahoma married into one, Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse began creating music together. Since then, the (now) three-piece band has amassed a cult and celebrity following, in addition to touring with some of the biggest names in the world, like the Flaming Lips and Kate Nash.

After the release of their latest EP, New Trick (with members of Veruca Salt), the group shares some music that they have been listening to in the midst of their U.S. tour.

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Thin Lizzy, “Jailbreak”
To me, Thin Lizzy have just the most razor sharp rhythm section ever. They are always groovy and driving at the same time. The first thing we did when we got to Ireland was go to the Phil Lynott statue in Dublin. – Kurtis Mayo

Carole King, “Beautiful”
This is just the song I need in my life right now. A reminder that if you treat people with kindness and you smile through life, life is much more beautiful. Currently I’m reading about her in Girls Like Us, where I found out she’s written many more songs I love than just the ones from Tapestry, but lyrically this is my favorite Carole King song. – Kelli Mayo

Rodney Crowell, “I Don’t Care Anymore”
One of the most punk rock country songs I’ve ever heard. It has the same kind of power that ‘Bad Reputation’ does but it’s more personal and jaded. It always leaves me feeling like an unstoppable badass. – Kelli Mayo

Au Pairs, “We’re So Cool”
Aside from the super liberating in-your-face lyrics, my favorite part of this song is the way the guitar and bass are intertwined. There’s not much screaming or crazy distortion, yet the song feels so loud and rocking. – Kelli Mayo

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, “Gone, Gone, Gone”
I just love the harmonies. It’s a pretty simple song, but those harmonies take it to another level. It’s also one of the best road trip songs, which comes in handy for us quite a bit. – Bighorse

Richard Hell, “Blank Generation”
This is just a killer song. I never really listened to Richard Hell, even when I almost exclusively listened to New York ’70s punk, but then I read his autobiography and started getting into him. ‘Blank Generation’ is all of my favorite things about that scene in one song. – Bighorse

Jethro Tull, “Cross Eyed Mary”
This song is so punk while also being a perfect Dungeon and Dragons soundtrack. The vocals, the drums, and that damn flute just pull you into another world. – Kurtis Mayo

Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson, “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”
Kurtis showed me this several tours ago and I feel like I’m never not in the mood to hear it. It can somehow always speak to the way I’m feeling. The way her voice mixes with those horns, all on top of that infectious beat makes for a very cathartic song. - Kelli Mayo

The Replacements, “Bastards of Young”
One of my favorite things about the Replacements is Bob Stinson’s guitar style, and it is especially showcased in this one. He made me appreciate guitar as more than just something I could sing over, but also as another thing I could sing with. – Bighorse

Pink Floyd, “Fearless”
This is probably my favorite Pink Floyd song. There’s this riff that just builds and builds, and then releases. The lyrics are also just perfect. ‘Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd…’ Too damn relatable. – Kurtis Mayo

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