With nearly a decade and five full-lengths, including stellar new effort The Make It All Show, to their name, it might come as a shock how young Oklahoma sibling act Skating Polly are, but not only are the buzzworthy rising group the real deal, they have the punk rock co-signs and bona fides to back it up. We first got turned onto them when they opened for X a few years back, and have kept a close eye on the trio ever since, with their headlining outing tonight, June 5 at The High Watt, along with similarly punk, pop, retro, and alt leaning group Potty Mouth and local favorites Frances & the Foundation, easily one of our most-anticipated shows of the spring. Tickets are available here, and we encourage you to snag your spot! Read on for more about this must-see show.
Oklahoma City’s Skating Polly formed in 2009, sparked by an impromptu jam session between precocious, punk-loving stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse, who, at the time, were just 9 and 14 years old. By 2011 debut album, Taking Over the World, which they recorded in their living room and released through local indie label Nice People Records, the girls, largely self-taught multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, had begun to attract national attention, capturing the eye of X’s Exene Cervenka after meeting her at a solo show in 2010. Cervenka produced the band’s sophomore effort, Lost Wonderfuls, which was mixed by former Flaming Lips drummer and ardent Skating Polly supporter Kliph Scurlock, and, following its release, the group earned fans in the likes of Sean Lennon, Ty Segall, and even actor Viggo Mortensen, and tours with the big names like The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof, Band of Horses, and Babes in Toyland. Further honing their mix of riot grrrl-inspired punk, alternative folk, indie pop, and grunge, the prolific band released two more albums, 2014’s Fuzz Steilacoom and 2016’s The Big Fit, before adding their brother Kurtis Mayo to their lineup. Now celebrating their fifth (kind of insane given their age), brand new, and best album to date, The Make It All Show, the talented youngsters continue to tour the world and earn praise from press, fans, and big-name artists alike, inevitably heading down the path they alluded to with album one: world domination. Their live show is honed well beyond their years, and an intimate space like The High Watt is the ideal place to catch them.
Certainly pulling from a similar set of influences as Skating Polly, Massachusetts group Potty Mouth exploded onto the scene with excellent 2013 debut Hell Bent, and further churned out critical praise and a respectable following for their self-titled 2015 EP, their most recent and first in their current three-piece incarnation. Fusing an affinity for a grungy, ’90s alt rock sound with more contemporary indie punk and pop punk, the band balance pop accessible hooks with rock bite, which has landed them on the road with groups as diverse as CHVRCHES and Against Me! Due for new tunes, the group are a natural fit with Skating Polly, and a hell of a fun live show. If you’ve missed out on them up until now, get caught up.
FRANCES & THE FOUNDATION
Local rockers Frances & the Foundation have been staples in the Nashville scene for several years now, and their arena-ready, alternative leaning style is a perfect fit to warm up the crowd for this bill. Helmed by songwriter and frontwoman Samantha Frances, the band have cultivated a cult following thanks to their undeniable, booming, alt rock swagger. That is definitely highlighted in the group’s latest record, Nothing Is Perfect, Everything Is Fine, which released last summer, and is worthy of your time to see yet another shining star in Nashville’s fierce rock scene.
Skating Polly, Potty Mouth, and Frances & the Foundation will perform tonight, June 5 at The High Watt. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $10.