Sibling punk-rock trio Skating Polly are excited to announce their new full-length album, ‘The Make It All Show’ for release on May 11th (May 4th in North America) via El Camino Media.
They are also premiering the video for “Queen For A Day”, the first new track from ‘The Make It All Show’, which features guest vocals from the song’s co-writer Exene Cervenka – the producer of the band’s 2013 album ‘Lost Wonderfuls’ and singer of seminal punk band X.
“The lyrics for this song came from a conversation we had backstage with Exene about the old game show Queen For A Day” explains Skating Polly’s Kelli Mayo. “The premise of the show was that women with tragic stories (sick children, dead husbands, poverty, etc) would compete against each other for applause from the audience. The winner would get a washing machine or whatever household prize they asked for and be crowned Queen For A Day. Months after this conversation Exene sent me lyrics in a text and we wrote the song around them. She’s singing on the second and third choruses too. We wanted the video to emulate the old show but also look like it was directed by John Waters.”
The threesome tracked their forthcoming fifth studio record this past Winter at Seagrass Studio in Los Angeles with producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair) who also helmed last year’s ‘New Trick EP’ (feat. Louise Post and Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt).
Between writing and recording this past year, Kelli, Peyton Bighorse, and Curtis Mayo have spent most of their time on the road – supporting X on two legs of their 40th anniversary tour, hitting the UK and Europe with Kate Nash, playing Riot Fest and zig-zagging across the country on multiple headline tours.
With ages ranging between 17 and 21, Skating Polly continue to produce music well beyond their quantifiable years and ‘The Make It All Show’ is clearly reflective of a band at its tightest and most confident – expanding on the dynamic song structures, harmonies and melodies explored on ‘New Trick’.
Skating Polly’s new album ‘The Make It All Show’ is out May 11th on El Camino Media. You can check out the new video for “Queen For A Day” HERE, and the track will be available to stream or purchase via all DSPs this Friday, March 2nd.
The band will go on a West Coast US tour with The Go! Team next month, followed by a North American tour this Spring with Charly Bliss. UK dates will follow later in 2018.
‘The Make It All Show’ track list:
01. Classless Act
02. Little Girl Blue and the Battle Envy
03. Free Will At Ease
04. Queen For A Day (YouTube)
05. They’re Cheap (I’m Free)
06. Long Ride
08. Hollywood Factory
09. This Vacation
10. Flatwound Strings
11. Don’t Leave Me Gravity
‘The Make It All Show’ album artwork:
Skating Polly live dates:
March 21st @ Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID
March 24th @ Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA*
March 25th @ The Casbah in San Diego, CA*
March 27th @ The Independent in San Francisco, CA*
March 29th @ Doug Fir in Portland, OR*
March 30th @ Neumos in Seattle, WA*
March 31st @ The Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, BC*
May 2nd @ The Camel in Richmond, VA**
May 3rd @ Kings in Raleigh, NC**
May 6th @ Vinyl in Pensacola, FL**
May 8th @ Stubb’s Indoor in Austin, TX**
May 9th @ Three Links in Dallas, TX**
May 11th @ Marquis Theater in Denver, CO**
May 12th @ Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, CO**
May 14th @ RecordBar in Kansas City, MO**
May 15th @ Raccoon Motel in Davenport, IA**
May 17th @ Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL**
May 18th @ Loving Touch in Ferndale, MI**
May 19th @ Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON**
* w/ The Go! Team
** w/ Charly Bliss