Oklahoma’s Skating Polly recently returned to action with a brand new album The Make It All Show and will shortly be embarking on an 8 date U.K tour. Their mix of guitar pop meets riot grlll noise has seen the bands fan base grow steadily over the years and the new record could see them hit new heights. Chris Andrews caught up with the band to find out what music shaped and influenced the multi instrumentalist siblings.
Either Or – Elliott Smith It was the first full record I heard by him and it has remained my favorite the whole time. Don’t get me wrong, I love his whole catalog but it is delicate in a different more powerful way. It was the first record to show me how powerful a voice can be. No one makes normal, every day words sound as beautiful as Elliott Smith does in Either Or. Peyton
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel Aeroplane is such an important record to me. I learned about true sincerity and true sadness in this record (two things which fuel my life hehehe). I tried ripping off Jeff Mangum for years before I realized it was impossible and I was just making an ass of myself over the speakers in our basement. But after I stopped trying to duplicate it I learned a lot more about myself and how I wrote songs. It was a very important lesson for me. Peyton
Learning – Perfume Genius Oh my gaaaawwwwd I love this album. I cried the first time I heard it. I cried the first time I heard it live. I cried the SECOND time I heard it live. I’ve probably cried more to this record (in happy ways and sad ways) than any other record. It’s gorgeous and heartbreaking and just perfect in every way. If I could marry it I would. It’s got the perfect personality and the perfect bod Peyton
Let It Be – The Replacements Let It Be was the first record to show me that songs could be loud and fast and still be god damn fucking beautiful. It’s hard for me to put this record into words. It was the first to teach me how to write emotions with just an instrument. I don’t know how they wrote a loud record that comes across like a gentle record but they did it and they nailed it. Peyton
Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest I LOVE CAR SEAT HEADREST! I love ‘em love ‘em love em! I bought this CD the day after seeing them live and listened to it the whole way home from Eugene, OR then I proceeded to listen to it back to back for months after. I am obsessed with this band and this record. Long Ride from our new rec was my attempt at a Cosmic Hero-esque song. Peyton
A Quick One – The Who The Who are the most exuberant band of all time. Keith Moon and John Entwistle are the craziest rhythm section ever, pushing 60s garage rock in the craziest directions. This is them at their most unhinged. Kurtis
Pink Flag – Wire I feel like this album needs to soundtrack a Wes Anderson movie. It’s just as sleek, angular and symmetrical. It just doesn’t let up. The riffs are all razor sharp and cut like a knife. Kurtis
Madvillainy – Madvillain MF DOOM is my favorite rapper of all time. He kind of plays with the rapper image by super imposing it with a supervillain. Madlib uses some of the coolest psychedelic and jazzy samples you’ll ever hear. It’s murky, dark, funny and grooves like nothing else. Kurtis
High and Low and In Between – Townes Van Zandt This record is one of the realest and most sincere I’ve ever heard. Highway Kind and To Live Is To Fly are the only lyrics I would consider worthy of a tattoo. Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard covered his song Pancho and Lefty and made it a hit. You can see Townes hanging out in the video. Kurtis
Elephant – The White Stripes This is one of my first favorite records. I think it’s just a perfect example of how simple a rock record could still be. I can’t think of a record since Elephant that could be played at a coffee shop and at a football game and be perfect for either setting. Kurtis
Skating Polly’s new album, The Make It All Show, is out now.