Skating Polly isn’t your typical band, but Peyton Suitor and Kelli Mayo aren’t your typical girls.
At 15 and 10, respectively, they would much rather visit a record store than a mall; they listen to Nirvana instead of Justin Bieber; and they’d opt for Coachella over Disneyland any day.
All that shows on the duo’s debut disc, “Taking Over the World,” which is far more studied than you’d expect from students who haven’t reached high school yet.
Suitor and Mayo hold a dense library of music history close to their chests, and “Taking Over the World” plays like a encyclopedia of all they know, ranging from Pixies (“Don’t”) and Neutral Milk Hotel (“Sammy Was a Psycho”) to Regina Spektor (“Seeing the World”) and Pavement (“Rainbows”).
That’s Skating Polly’s greatest weapon: a rich, deep appreciation for good music’ most of it made before they existed’ that the duo uses as a basis for its own surprisingly well-formed ideas. Those come paired with unexpectedly mature, involved lyrics. While the music itself is still pretty simple, when (not if) Suitor and Mayo’s musicianship catches up to the ideas, Skating Polly could very well make good on the album’s titular promise.
From local label Nice People, this isn’t a record that is good for coming from a pair of preteens — it’s a good record made all the more impressive because they were born into a post-Kurt Cobain world.
Skating Polly will release “Taking Over the World” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Guestroom Records, 125 E. Main in Norman, with The Boom Bang. For more information, call 701-5974. —Joshua Boydston