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Skating Polly tour the UK: June 14th-18th London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leicester and Salisbury!

” Skating Polly are probably the best new band to come out of the USA for years.”  I said here. “near-perfect.  Hit-Girls with guitars and stories to tell.” when I reviewed  their album ‘The Big Fit’, which got a great reception from critics and fans alike. And now Skating Polly have confirmed a short UK tour. headlining for the first time since last year’s tour as support to Babes In Toyland.

They’ve also shared a new video for track ‘For The View’.  Like all their videos it captures them having fun, taking the piss and kicking ass. (with wigs and fake moustaches!)  Peyton says of the song;

“I wrote For the View after panicking pretty badly at a hardware store. For me it’s about being out of my element and not handling it very well, but sort of making fun of myself.”

As their PR says…  The Big Fit, is Skating Polly’s most fully realized collection of head-bopping, not quite sugar-sweet pop music infused with visceral, distortion-drenched punk sounds. It’s raw, infectious and inciting. It’s real.

Their songs fluctuate in tone and intensity; a whisper, a scream, a piano ballad right next to a punk punch in the throat. It’s all very “ugly pop,” as they like to point out.

It’s been six years since their first living room recordings back in their hometown of Oklahoma. Since then and the band have relocated to Tacoma WA, near Seattle, and have shared stages with the likes of Kate Nash, Babes In Toyland, The Flaming Lips, L7, Wavves, Deerhoof and turned many of their heroes into vocal fans. They’re even the subject of an upcoming documentary directed by Henry Mortensen (son of Viggo Mortensen and Exene Cervenka). What’s the fuss about? Mayo sums it up: “I think people can tell we’re pretty authentic. People can tell when songs don’t mean it, no matter what the song’s about. We try to be ourselves…and to make everything catchy.”

The step-sister duo – who have been making music together for 6 years (since they were 9 and 14 years old) – prepare to return to the UK once more, to play the following shows:

Tues – June 14th @ The Lock Tavern London, Camden  supported by / Hands Off Gretel + The Tuts )
Wed – June 15th @ The Moon Club Cardiff
Thurs – June 16 @ Broadcast Glasgow
Fri  – June 17 @ The Roundhouse Leicester w/ Muncie Girls
Sat  – June 18  @ The Royal British Legion Salisbury Wiltshire (supported by Kyrum + Mighty Magic Animal.)  

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All words  Ged Babey

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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