Wednesday night at The Ready Room I had a chance to see a concert that for me was four years in the making. The first time I was supposed to see Skating Polly was four years ago at The Firebird. Bruiser Queen was even one of the opening bands. I came down with tonsillitis and could not make it to the show. I bought tickets for this show the minute that I found out about it. Around a month before the show I thought I was going to miss my chance to see them again as I had been refunded for the ticket. Come to find out it was only because the show had changed to a free show. This was also before I found out that the band were opening for X who I would be seeing a few weeks later. The crowd was a little small but had some very dedicated fans in the crowd. One couple drove over six hours to attend.
I have heard good things about Bruiser Queen but had yet had the chance to see them live even though they are a local St. Louis band. Tonight they are also celebrating their 5th anniversary of ‘Swears’ . The Garage Pop Rock N Roll duo consists of singer/guitarist Morgan Nusbaum and drummer Jason Potter. Morgan’s vocals have a Corin Tucker sound to them. Everything I had heard about them was true and ended up buying both albums from the band after the show.
I have been listening to Skating Polly for a few years now. I found out about them while streaming music one night and Alabama Movies came on. At first I thought that they were a 90’s band that I had missed out on while in High School but upon doing some research I found out that Fuzz Steilacoom had just been released earlier in the year. For years the band consisted of sister duo Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. Recently though Kurtis Mayo, the girls’ brother, joined the band and has given them a fuller sound. The band just released a new EP ‘New Trick’ (feat. Louise Post & Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt).
The band took stage and the first thing you hear is Kelli Mayo’s screeching howl, like she is channeling the spirits of the 90’s Seattle scene, before launching into ‘Pretective Boy’. The set consisted mostly of the last two albums and all three songs off ‘New Trick’. Speaking of ‘New Trick’ it seems that with every release the band just continues to get better and better. ‘Hail Mary’ has been stuck in my head for the past several days, and ‘Louder in Outer Space’ showcases Peyton’s strong vocals. For the last few songs the band changed things up and switched instruments. Kelli took over on guitar and Peyton was on bass, and then eventually Peyton took over drums and Kurtis played guitar on the last song of the set ‘Alabama Movies’.