Among all the other new summer releases, let us not overlook Skating Polly, the hard-rocking family band from Oklahoma by way of the Pacific Northwest. Release date for their new album The Make It All Show is May 25, but it looks like all the songs are available now for streaming. I’ve already ordered my baby pink & red splatter vinyl deluxe package with the t-shirt, because that’s how I roll. Check out the video for Hollywood Factory, with cameos by Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and Abby (Pottymouth)!
I have listened to several cuts from The Make It All Show, and I can say it is more of the gorgeous, gutsy rock and roll that we have come to expect from these lit siblings. I really like Little Girl Blue and the Battle Envy, where they let themselves stretch out for a full six minutes of brooding, rumbling goodness. Buy your copy now and, if you get the chance, catch their live show.
Lush is the much-anticipated full-length arriving June 8 from talented, and preternaturally self-confident guitarist and song-writer Lindsey Jordan and band. If you haven’t already read about Snail Mail in the NY Times, and fucking everywhere else, now you know: this 18 year-old from DC has come to save rock and roll. Three songs from Lush have already been released on various streaming sites – Pristine, Heat Wave and Let’s Find An Out. I’m not going to pretend to know what they’re about, but the feelings range from heart ache and longing to rage. Lindsey’s guitar playing is amazing, and the vocals are bare and sincere. Do your ears a favor and check Snail Mail out.
I just watched the videos from Speedy Ortiz’s new album Twerp Verse which was released on April 27. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this may be their best album to date. It’s smart, complex, heartfelt, and the band is playing and singing better than ever. Reading the comments on YouTube (almost always a mistake) I was struck how so many dudes, mostly, seem to think that Speedy Ortiz has been going downhill since Major Arcana. I mean, I like Major Arcana, too, but Foil Deer also excellent, and don’t forget to mention the great EP’s Sports and Real Hair, and so on. I can’t help but make a connection between Sadie’s increasingly articulate voice for feminism, consent, gender equality and against racism, fat-shaming, slut-shaming, rape culture, ableism and so on, and the number of dudes complaining that Speedy Ortiz should go back to their grungy “roots” of Major Arcana. Perhaps I am reading too much into it, but I think not.
Anyway, if you’re okay with Speedy not re-making Major Arcana over and over again, give Twerp Verse a listen – you may just like it! I for one think the world is a much better place for having Sadie Dupuis and her rocking band mates in it.