Skating Polly's Family-Friendly Grunge

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Kelli Mayo, Peyton Bighorse and Kurtis Mayo of Skating Polly  (Courtesy of the artist)

The stepsisters of Skating Polly, Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo, were just 14 and 9 years old when they started playing together in 2009. So how are their songs so catchy and smart? They play what they call ugly pop, but the songs are a lot of fun. The band is a family affair, as they have their brother Kurtis Mayo on drums. They've also gone outside of their family circle, having collaborated with Exene Cervenka, singer from the seminal L.A. punk band X. My co-host Tomás Riley says likes the confluence of folk and fuzzed-out distorted guitars, and how the songs tell good stories. 

Skating Polly opens for the The Go! Team at The Independent in San Francisco on March 27. Details here.