Skating Polly, Starcrawler

Skating Polly

After spending 2017 touring North America, the UK, and Europe, Skating Polly entered the studio with producer Brad Wood (Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair) to record their fifth studio LP, The Make It All Show – released on May 4th via El Camino Media. That same month the band hit the road with Charly Bliss before embarking on a summer headline run in with Potty Mouth. The trio is also confirmed for this year’s Bumbershoot Festival – playing alongside Fleet Foxes, SZA, and Portugal. The Man among a slew of other incredible artists.
Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse originally formed the band in Oklahoma in 2009 when Mayo's father and Bighorse's mother began dating, the duo then started writing music on instruments inherited from their parents. Skating Polly recorded their debut album Taking Over The World in 2010 and instantly achieved acclaim from underground music icons like X's Exene Cervenka (who produced 2013's Lost Wonderfuls) and Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson (who produced 2014's Fuzz Steliacoom). After the release of 2016's The Big Fit, the group realized another one of their musical dreams when Veruca Salt's co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon reached out to work with the band, resulting in the release of last year’s critically-acclaimed New Trick EP. Mayo and Bighorse’s brother Kurtis Mayo officially joined the band shortly there-after, making his album debut on The Make It All Show.

Starcrawler are a Los Angeles rock & roll band formed one year ago when Arrow de Wilde first met Henri Cash on the high school yard in Echo Park. The rhythm section of Austin Smith and Tim Franco came soon after, found on the streets of Hollywood. They play rock & roll music heavy and loud and their incendiary performances resemble the children of the Cramps, the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, and Alice Cooper.

"Ants," a song they recorded days after first playing together, was quickly discovered by London DJ Matt Wilkinson and debuted on Apple Beats One radio just as the band were playing their first few shows. The DJ loved it so much, he played it twice in a row. Soon after, it found its way to Sir Elton John, who spun it on his "Rocket Hour" radio program, as well as to Zane Lowe, who played it to further accolades. Much media interest both from the music and fashion worlds has quickly followed. "Ants" & the forthcoming "Used to Know" are from an early session recorded by Steven McDonald (Red Kross) and document the unhinged beginnings of the group taking their first steps into the public eye. They have only now found the time to take a breath and are recording their more fully realized debut LP at Pax Am studios in Hollywood with Ryan Adams producing, due out later this year.

As a group, Starcrawler embodies that strange archetypal mojo that one finds in certain gangs of young rockers, only once or twice a generation; all the while still kicking and screaming as they sprint toward finding something new and entirely of their own. The band consists of Arrow de Wilde on lead vocals, Henri Cash on guitar, Austin Smith on drums, and Tim Franco on bass.

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