“It’s like Hermione Granger and Cyndi Lauper had a child, who then ate mushrooms and screamed at the rocks on the beach for an hour.” YouTube Comment
If you’re a fan of the likes of PJ Harvey, Nirvana, Babes in Toyland, L7, Bikini Kill, Hole, Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney or St Vincent then Tahoma USA’s Skating Polly should be top of your “Must-See” list.
Nevertheless, whilst they are unmistakably influenced by the likes of Grunge and Riot Grrrl, Skating Polly are totally unique in their own right, indeed they even have their own genre: Ugly Pop.
Championed by the likes of Shirley Manson of Garbage, they started the band when they were aged just 9 and 14 – but don’t let that put you off.
Exene Cervenka of Californian Punk band “X” who saw one of their early shows and mentored the band said “they weren’t good because they were kids, they were good because they were good”.
Now as adults with nearly 12 years of experience of recording and touring, with 5 superb albums and over 30 inspired music videos, they skillfully combine the polish and experience of a band with over a decade of experience with the energy and creativity of a band in their 20s.
Their live performance is another level, something which has to be experienced to be believed, bursting with energy and raw talent.
The YouTube videos for their songs “Hail Mary” and “Pretective Boy” have already both exceeded 1 million views, so clearly the word is spreading fast. which means this may well be the last time you get the chance to see them in a small (but perfectly formed) venue.
Support comes from Healthy Junkies + Natalie and the Monarchy
Mixing Punk Rock with Grunge, Psychedelic Rock, New Wave, Garage, Glam and Goth Rock, add a soupçon of theatre and you have Healthy Junkies. Glamorous yet rebel lead punkster Nina Courson moved to London after she ran away from her home in Paris to pursue her own rock n roll rite of passage..
Destiny awaited when she found guitarist Phil-Honey-Jones in a Soho gig called PUNK in 2009. The two went on their way seeking solace in the world of music. Naming the band Healthy Junkies, reflecting the mental health epidemic currently spreading like wildfire through the core of western society. Nina and Phil arrived at this name as a reaction/rebellion to the numbing and dumbing down of nations with the use of so many pharmaceutical meds such as Prozac and other addictive drugs. The name has now taken on an even broader meaning with ‘Health’ being so high on the world agenda!
In late 2013 Healthy Junkies added Dave Whitmore on bass and Tony Alda on drums hitting the road in the UK and Europe building a decent size following, filling the Arena stage room for Rebellion Punk Festival 3 times now. Support slots have included The Rezillos, Sham 69, The UK Subs, Walter Lure, The Professionals, GBH, Vice Squad, Theatre of hate, The Sex gang children, Goldblade, Viv Albertine (The Slits ), 999, The Vibrators and Spizz Energi. Other major UK festivals the band have played are Camden Rocks festival and HRH Punk festival at the academy in Sheffield.
They toured the US West Coast for the first time in October/November 2018. Rodney Bingenheimer (Sirius XM /KROQ DJ) and Brian Foss (KEXP Radio in Seattle) gave the band many airplay spins which inspired them to make that leap over the pond..
They have been played on the likes of BBC Radio London introducing by Gary Crowley, BBC 6 Fresh on the net with Tom Robinson ( 3 times ), BBC Jersey, Amazing Radio, Planet Rock, Total Rock, Lava TV, BT Sport and Blank TV. as well as many Internet Radio stations on a regular basis. They were part of a music documentary called The United Kingdom of pop, a 32 part series which tells the story of Rock’n’roll from its beginnings to now alongside legends such as DJ Don Letts and Lynval Golding from the Specials. It was presented and shown on ARTE TV which is one of the most important channels in France and Germany with millions of viewers. They have also appeared and featured in numerous magazines such as Vive le Rock,Louder than War, Big Cheese Magazine, Big take over magazine, Devolution Magazine, Punk Globe, Eighth Day, Punk Lounge. Safety Pin Magazine as well as a whole host of online magazines and blogs.
The band have recently released their 5 th studio album entitled ‘Forever on the road part 1. The reviews so far are exceeding any preconceived expectation. 10 out of 10 being the latest from Powerplay magazine. This was made during lockdown along with 3 videos of singles off the album. The third ‘Tricky Situation’ is the latest single and video to be unleashed into the unsuspecting lockdown world.
Phil and Nina also have been running their own monthly night in Camden, London for eight years now. It is called Punk and Roll Rendezvous. The night became such a phenomenon that they decided to host a 3-day festival which they did in 2017, 2018, 2019…2020 was filmed in the venue ( 30 bands ) and presented live online.
General Admission: GBP 13.45
|Date of Event (Leave blank if you are not listing a gig)||On Friday March 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm|