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Skating Polly Share New Track “Send A Priest” Taken From Forthcoming New Album “Chaos County Line” out June 23rd on El Camino Media

June 5, 2023
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Share blistering new track “Send A Priest”
New album ‘Chaos County Line’ out June 23rd on El Camino Media

Skating Polly share the most brutal track from their forthcoming new album ‘Chaos County Line’, which is set for release on June 23rd via El Camino Media. 

Following the raucous single “Hickey King” and the deceptively joyous rock song “I’m Sorry For Always Apologizing”, latest cut “Send A Priest” is an exhilarating, fast-paced, bile-spewing number, where Kelli Mayo’s vocals snap from saccharine sweet to demonic in a hair’s breadth.

“It’s the toughest song on the record and lends itself to great mosh pits” she comments. “It’s a “Who’s using who?” type of song, all about inviting the Big Bad Wolf in and turning a blind eye to the consequences. I had the riff for ages but struggled with getting the lyrics to a place that matched the intensity of the song. I rewrote them a dozen times but the final lyrics really stand out to me as vital and close to heart.”

The scratchy bass tone commences and adds this immediate raw structure for Kelli’s delicate and volatile vocal harmonies to bounce from and explore further traction. The gritty fuzz and brash percussive hits join with this explosive push to the journey, suddenly Skating Polly showcase their immense range all at once. Aggression sweeps into focus, this expression dominates the landscape resonating from the mighty vocal harmonies that exude such emotive values. Skating Polly have found their electryifing voice through their intense playing, through the lyrics and through the changing atmosphere they craft.  Another track that captures the best of these three musicians united and bouncing off one another. This abrasive world pulls you in and leaves one hell of an imprint. This track is an almighty journey to embrace, direct and devious.

Over the past decade, few artists have embodied the unbridled freedom of punk like Skating Polly. Formed when stepsisters Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse were just 9 and 14, the band have channeled their chameleonic musicality into a sound they call “Ugly Pop,” unruly and subversive and wildly melodic. With Kelli’s brother Kurtis Mayo joining on drums in 2017, they’ve also built a close-knit community of fans while earning the admiration of their musical forebears, a feat that’s found them collaborating with icons like X’s Exene Cervenka and Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, touring with Babes In Toyland, and starring as the subject of a feature-length documentary. On their forthcoming double album Chaos County Line’, Skating Polly reach a whole new level of self-possession, ultimately sharing their most expansive and emotionally powerful work to date.

The follow-up to 2018’s ‘The Make It All Show’Chaos County Line’ finds Skating Polly showcasing the depth of their growth, both as songwriters and personally. Whether they’re opening up about matters internal (identity, disassociation, unhealthy coping mechanisms) or external (obsession, deception, gaslighting), Skating Polly imbue that outpouring with an unfettered emotional truth. 

Working again with Brad Wood, the acclaimed producer behind indie-rock classics like Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville‘Chaos County Line’ sees their songs journey from art-punk to noise-rock to piano-driven power-pop, matching that musical complexity with a sharply honed narrative voice that manifests in countless forms (ultravivid poetry, diary-like confession, fearlessly detailed storytelling, etc.). 

Over the course of its 18 kaleidoscopic tracks, ‘Chaos County Line’ embraces the kind of combustible emotion that comes from fully uncompromised self-expression. “I think on this record Kelli and Peyton were really confident in being more honest and more experimental at the same time, whereas in the past they might’ve made the lyrics more poetic in order to cloak that honesty a bit,” says Kurtis. And as their songs shift from devastating to exhilarating to gloriously cathartic, Skating Polly hope to provide the same sense of solace they found in creating the album. “I’ve had people tell me we’ve helped them get through a breakup or an abusive relationship or the death of someone they loved, and all these other heavy obstacles everyone goes through,” says Kelli. “I feel like I’m not necessarily the best person to draw a map on how to live the happiest life, but I like the idea that our songs can make other people’s lives better in some way. I want our music to be like armor.”

‘Chaos County Line’ will be released on June 23rd via El Camino Media.

‘Chaos County Line’ track list:
1. Baby On My Birthday
2. Masquerade
3. Hickey King
4. Girls NIght
5. All The Choices
6. Booster Seat
7. Hush Now
8. Rabbit Food
9. Tiger At The Drugstore
10. Singalong
11. Someone Like a Friend
12. Double Decker
13. Charlie’s Brother
14. Send A Priest
15. I’m Sorry For Always Apologizing
16. Not Going Back Again
17. Man Out There ft. David Yow
18. Party House


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