Naked Giants

The Crocodile Presents:

Naked Giants

Skating Polly, Cosmos

Sun, October 16, 2016

8:00 pm

The Crocodile

Seattle, WA

$12 Adv.

This event is all ages

Naked Giants
Naked Giants
Naked Giants are a threepiece garage rock wildebeest from Seattle, WA. Grant Mullen's bluesy guitar solos, Henry LaVallee's pounding backbeats, and Gianni Aiello's juicy basslines combine to form a psychedelic whirlwind of fuzz. Their friendship ties together their various influences to curate a different take on the traditional garage rock sound. Unlike what you've heard before, their spontaneity and their stylistically diverse catalogue sets Naked Giants apart from the cutandpaste garage outfit. They bring together sounds influenced by the likes of Ty Segall and the Sonics as well as Pink Floyd and even Spinal Tap with an audible energy that gets any crowd doing the twist.
The band jumped into Seattle's music scene by playing shows to hip teens in museums and to sweaty college kids in packed house shows, and have carried the same pure rock'n'roll energy regardless of the audience or venue.
Skating Polly
Skating Polly
Born from an impromptu jam at a Halloween party in 2009, Skating Polly is a sister duo made up of Kelli Mayo and Peyton Bighorse. They recorded their first album Taking Over the World in their living room. Their second album Lost Wonderfuls was produced by Exene Cervenka and mixed by Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock. For their third album, Fuzz Steilacoom, Skating Polly traveled up to Olympia, WA and recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson (K Records/Beat Happening). Prolific songwriters who are constantly recording when they are not on the road, the duo will be releasing their new album The Big Fit in the spring of 2016.

Raised on '70s punk and early-'90s alt-rock, Mayo and Bighorse mine inspiration from artists as disparate as Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Nirvana, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Bikini Kill and saturate their own songs with a raw energy reminiscent of their musical heroes. Skating Polly takes a minimalist approach to songwriting, with the two largely self-taught musicians (Bighorse plays guitar, Mayo plays a guitar/bass hybrid called a basitar, and both girls play drums and piano) crafting super-catchy melodies mainly by "messing around with our instruments and figuring out how to make cool noises," according to Bighorse. But despite their stripped down aesthetic, their songs contain a rich emotionalism that's at turns brutally in-your-face, gut- wrenchingly tender, and irresistibly fun.

Along with earning the adoration of Cervenka (whom they befriended after attending one of the X singer's 2010 solo shows and playing their demos on a cell phone), Skating Polly has found fans and supporters in Rosanne Cash, Lori Barbero and Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland), Donita Sparks (L7), Sean Lennon, John Doe (X), KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and actor Viggo Mortensen. They have also shared the stage with punk legends like Mike Watt and opened up for such indie heavy-hitters as Deerhoof, The Flaming Lips, Band of Horses and Kate Nash. The stepsisters typically optimize their travel time by making up songs on their ukulele.

Both Mayo and Bighorse are intent on ignoring what's fashionable and staying true to their passion for challenging music with long-lasting appeal. "The musicians we're most inspired by are the ones who keep on going and going, who devote their entire lives to coming up with new and different stuff," says Mayo. "A lot of times at our shows people will come up to us and tell us, 'Keep on doing what you're doing, don't ever stop' and we're just like, 'Yeah – we weren't planning on ever stopping.' "
Cosmos
Cosmos
"COSMOS' brand of genre-busting hip-hop is densely layered and expertly produced. It’s no surprise that a bold, hybrid sound underscores their easy swagger. From sax solos to electro-beats, their natural charisma as storytellers shines through the speakers with a meticulously crafted sound they describe as a “Sunday Morning after a kickass Saturday night.”
Venue Information:
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
http://www.thecrocodile.com/