Over their eight years as a band, Skating Polly has released four albums and for their latest, the 3-song EP ‘New Trick,’ the band are pulling out all the stops. Kelli Mayo (guitar, vocals) and Peyton Bighorse (drums) brought in Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins) to handle the production duties and enlisted Louise Post and Nina Gordon, co-frontwomen of Veruca Salt, to collaborate on the songwriting.
Staying true to their blend of indie pop and rock, Skating Polly step out of their comfort zone with the guidance of Post and Gordon to flesh out their music for some exciting new mixes. This is evident on the first track, “Louder In Outer Space,” with its harmony rich, soft and loud vocals backed by super fuzzy guitars and a tight groove. The second track is entitled “Hail Mary” and showcases the strong Veruca Salt influence. Its moody low-end guitar playing mixed with the duel falsetto harmonies is a delicious combination. Closing track “Black Sky” provides balance to ‘New Trick’ with its bright and clean sound rising like the sunshine of a new day.
In the past, Skating Polly has worked with Exene Cervenka, who produced the band’s 2013 album ‘Lost Wonderful,’ and Calvin Johnson, who produced their 2014 album ‘Fuzz Steliacoom.’ Now the band has brought in Wood, Post, and Gordon on ‘New Trick’ to expand their sound and it has worked very well. I admire not only the work ethic of Skating Polly but also their openness as an established band to learn more. Going forward, ‘New Trick’ will open many more doors for their sound.