Watch Skating Polly’s Video For “Tiger At The Drugstore” About Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms

[Cover photo credit to Travis Trautt]

Tacoma-based but Oklahoma-bred “Ugly Pop” trio Skating Polly have released a Kate Nash directed music video for Tiger At The Drugstore.” The song tackles “unhealthy coping mechanisms” in a light-hearted way and is the fourth single and third music video from Skating Polly’s recently released double LP Chaos County Line.

Kelli Mayo shares:

‘Tiger At The Drugstore’ all spawned with Peyton’s fantastic line “faking it just doesn’t feel like how I remember it, faking it just doesn’t feel familiar at all”. Then we were tasked with finding lines to live up to that, which I feel pretty confident in saying we accomplished. It’s about unhealthy coping mechanisms. The things we do to avoid pain and discomfort.

Me and Peyton and Kurtis all have our own separate detrimental habits that we are prone to fall into and basically all of them took hold at least some point during the pandemic. One thing about being as close as we are is we’ve had to learn not only how to deal with our own issues, but each others’. To me this song feels like phone calls we were all having circa 2020, thousands of miles apart, just trying to put one foot in front of the next. And, it sounds corny, but I hear so much love in the lines me and Pey sing back to each other. I think the takeaway message is finding peace in occasionally feeling terrible and not just immediately trying to numb it.

Chaos County Line is the band’s first new studio recording in five years. Produced by frequent collaborator Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins), the album is the follow-up to 2018’s The Make It All Show LP.

Skating Polly have also collaborated with like X’s Exene Cervenka and Beat Happening’s Calvin Johnson, toured with Babes In Toyland, and starred as the subject of a feature-length documentary.

Confirmed Skating Polly Tour Dates:

June 28 Hamtramck, MI – Small’s^
June 29 Toronto, ON – Bovine Sex Club
June 30 Montreal, PQ – Turbo Haus
July 1 Portsmouth, NH – Press Room^
July 2 Cambridge, MA – Middle East^
July 6 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus Bar^
July 7 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie^
July 8 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pon^
July 9 Richmond, VA – Capital Ale House Downtown
July 11 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle^
July 12 Atlanta, GA – Purgatory at The Masquerade^
July 13 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub^
July 15 Pensacola, FL – Handlebar^
July 16 New Orleans, LA – Santos^
Aug 25 Olympia, WA – South Sound Block Party
^ support from Jacklen Ro

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