PREMIERE: Skating Polly Go Low-Budget in “They’re Cheap (I’m Free)” Video

The pop-punk trio raid an LA thrift store for their latest video.
PREMIERE: Skating Polly Go Low-Budget in “They’re Cheap (I’m Free)” Video

The pop-punk trio raid an LA thrift store for their latest video.

Words: Dean Brandt

photo by Melissa Wax

November 29, 2018

By the time they released their fifth album back in May, Skating Polly had already attracted the attention of such iconic figures as Calvin Johnson, Veruca Salt, and X’s Exene Cervenka, all of whom collaborated with the Oklahoma City-based power pop trio. Needless to say, The Make It All Show delivered on the raw energy and punk attitude of their prior work, earning them touring spots alongside such like-minded groups as Charly Bliss and Potty Mouth this year.

Today they’re sharing a video for the fiery, vengeful cut “They’re Cheap (I’m Free),” which sees the band embrace their DIY roots with thrift store outfits and a background comprised of recycled objects. “All the art in the video is made out of trash, and our wardrobe was lent to us by this awesome thrift store in Echo Park called Sunday’s Best,” explains vocalist Kelli Mayo. “We had a crew of four amazing people and we only did things we could do for cheap or for free.”

Regarding the piercing lyrics, Mayo continues: “The title alone is one of my favorite lines I’ve ever written. The surface narrative of the song is about some high-class businessman/politician who’s cheating on his wife with prostitutes and I’m singing from the perspective of the wife. It was inspired by the way I’d been feeling in my personal life, but also all the news at the time, and decided the best way to let it all out would be to vent through the voice of a fed up trophy wife whose anger is much more passionate and wild than any affair.”

The Make It All Show is available now via El Camino Media. Catch them on their West Coast tour with Potty Mouth on the dates listed below the video.

West Coast Tour with Potty Mouth

November 30th @ The Shakedown in Bellingham, WA
December 1st @ LanaLou’s in Vancouver, BC
December 2nd @ Mission Theater in Portland, OR
December 3rd @ The Siren’s Song Tavern in Eureka, CA
December 5th @ DNA Lounge in San Francisco, CA
December 6th @ The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz, CA
December 7th @ Moroccan Lounge in Los Angeles, CA
December 8th @ The Locker Room @ Garden Amp in Garden Grove, CA
December 9th @ Space in San Diego, CA
December 11th @ Club Congress in Tucson, AZ
December 12th @ Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, AZ
December 13th @ Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV
December 14th @ Kilby Court in Salt Lake City, UT
December 15th @ Funky Taco in Boise, ID
December 16th @ The Sunset in Seattle, WA