In this performer question and answer session, I speak with Skating Polly, who will be performing a free show at the The Norman Music Festival. Since this is the sixth festival, here are six questions to get to know the performers.
1. For those unfamiliar, how would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are a stripped down punkish, poppy band. We have some loud aggressive songs and some quiet, sweeter ones. Most people probably think of us as more of a punk band, but we have a lot of songs that are way more soft than a band like the Sex Pistols or Crass or something. And we try to always have good lyrics.
2. What songs do you recommend that best represent you?
For a basitar song “Carrots” or our new song “Alabama Movies” would be a good example. For one of our louder guitar songs maybe “Blue Obvious”. And we have songs like “Kick” on the guitar that’s pretty mellow and “Lost Wonderfuls” on the keyboard that’s pretty soft too.
3. What’s your song writing process?
sually we will each have a song that’s pretty much ready and we will show it to the other person so we can add drums and backing vocals. The lyrics in Kelli’s songs don’t change as much from what she starts out with but I (Peyton) change my lyrics over and over again before we ever record it. Sometimes one of us will play a melody and the other one will sing something over it so we write it kind of 50/50, but that’s not very often. We try to make sure our lyrics aren’t too obvious or something that will embarrass us later!
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
We love the Norman Music Festival! It seems to get bigger and bigger every year and having something like that in Norman kind of makes people look at the whole town differently.
5. In general, what inspires you?
Musically we are inspired by artists who don’t seem to be fake. Like they really believe in what they’re doing and they’re not just putting on an act or trying to impersonate someone else. Sometimes if a song is just really catchy, we will like it even if it does sound like someone else though. We love catchy music. Personally we get inspirations to write songs from things that make us mad or just things we have a strong opinion about. And Kelli also likes to use songs to tell these weird stories that she comes up with.
6. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
People should probably know that we have had a lot of really cool people help us since we’ve been playing music. We are surrounded by really cool people who have good taste in music and who make us mixed discs and tell us about bands we didn’t know about and give us advice. We try to work hard but we also are very lucky to have so many people looking out for us. It kind of feels like everyone wants to see us succeed and that’s really awesome.