Skating Polly - New Trick EP

by Warwick Stubbs Rating:6 Release Date:2017-04-28

Listening to all the previous efforts of Skating Polly, I couldn’t help quipping “sounds like a high school band”. At first this was the ex-teacher in me being super-derogatory, because it’s rare for a teenage school band to really show anything original, despite all the passion and enthusiasm. But I gave them credit for that passion and enthusiasm which clearly walked the punk rock path, and now, with Louise Post and Nina Gordon from Veruca Salt injecting their song-writing and experience into the band, Skating Polly sounds a little more fully-fledged, albeit, a little less original.

This three song EP starts with ‘Louder in Outer Space’ as though the concept of “In space no one can hear you scream” had no relevance. Acoustic beginnings lead to 90s rock guitar and punchy rhythms, where all of the second track ‘Hail Mary’ is all 90s Rock guitar and rumbling bass. Harmonies are all Veruca Salt (I have no idea if it’s literally Nina and Louise but, they sound just like what I remember of that pair's music). The final song on the EP ‘Black Sky’ unnecessarily reminds me of ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ which is quite possibly one of the most nauseating songs to ever become popular, and if you, like me, hate that song too, don’t even bother.

It’s not a bad little EP, it just feels rather safe. One semi-‘Volcano Girls’, and an almost-‘Seether’.

 

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