Allan Vest, of the Norman-based Starlight Mints, has also taken an interest in the girls, offering his services as a music teacher.
But it was Cervenka who became the girls' first champion. Cervenka first met the girls when Peyton's mom, Amber Bighorse, brought them to the L.A. singer's tour stop at the Conservatory in February 2010.
“It was winter and there were some people there, but not a lot,” Cervenka recalled in a 2012 interview with The Oklahoman. “It was a pretty gloomy event, and cold. And then there they were — Peyton and Kelli and Mom. And they were just so positive, excited, happy, glowing with joy to be there, that it really changed the whole night for everybody.”
Peyton and Kelli had grown up on their parents' records, which ranged from the Beatles to '70s punk and '90s grunge, and X was one of the girls' all-time favorites.
Cervenka exchanged email addresses with the girls and urged them to send her some of their music.
Cervenka liked what she heard — original, stripped-down riot grrrl punk, with a sense of melody and lyrical smarts far beyond the girls' tender years.
Fourteen of those songs can be heard on Skating Polly's first album, “Taking Over the World,” recorded at home with Kelli's dad, David Mayo, producing, and released in 2010 on the Norman-based Nice People Records. Pretty amazing stuff for a couple of schoolgirls who are self-taught on basitar, guitar, piano and drums (and Peyton also plays ukulele).
The X frontwoman liked them so much that she offered to produce their second album.
“She was really helpful on it and really supportive,” Kelli said. “ ... And she told us really cool stories about old punk legends.”
Since then, Skating Polly has filled opening slots for acts as prestigious as Band of Horses, Mike Watt, Pierced Arrows (formerly Dead Moon), Holly Golightly and Deerhoof. They also played a whopping seven shows in March at SXSW.
And on April 29, they will open for the Flaming Lips at the Egyptian Room in Indianapolis.
“There's nothing I'm more excited about right now,” Peyton said. “That's the biggest thing happening with us, I think. I really can't wait to open up for them. They have such an exciting and diverse fan base. ... We opened for Band of Horses and some people liked our music but most were just like really excited about Band of Horses. I think at the Flaming Lips show they'll be really open to the idea of Skating Polly.”
Obviously, a lot of people already are.
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