Wed 6/13 @ 8:30PM
We’ve been intrigued by Oklahoma’s Skating Polly ever since the members of the Akron-area band ShiSho tipped us off to them some five or six years ago.
It’s no wonder they felt an affinity for them: both bands featured sister duos who started as pre-teens transforms influences from various punk and indie rock bands and even more unexpected sources in a manner that could be read as naïve but is in fact very sly and knowledgable.
Skating Polly formed in 2009, with stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse playing a variety of instruments to realize their catchy, stripped-down tunes that manage to stay just the right side of cutesy. Exene Cervenka of legendary ’80s L.A. punk band X produced their second album Lost Wonderfuls, in 2013. Brother Kurtis Mayo has since joined the band to flesh out its sound, and the group’s just realized their fifth album The Make It All Show.
The group is making its way back to the Grog Shop where, fortuitously, ShiSho is one of their opening acts. ShiSho’s presence in the local scene dried up for a while after 2014 when the family moved to Oregon, but they’re back around town now. Now, with guitarist Vivian and accordion player Midge having reached the ages of 21 and 18 respectively, no one could mistake them for a novelty act anymore, although they never really were. Even when they were in their early teens, there was a precocious sophistication about their tunes, which often wielded razor-sharp political commentary.
Potty Mouth is also on the bill. Admission is $12.