by Andrew Sacher
Speedy Ortiz at WBAR-B-Q 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As mentioned, Speedy Ortiz will release their debut album, Major Arcana, on July 9 via Carpark Records. Most of the material they've revealed up until this point has showed how much Speedy Ortiz rocks, but on "No Below," their new single and highlight of the new record, they show a different side of their sound. It opens soft and lyrical, not unlike much of what we've heard from Waxahatchee recently, with singer Sadie Dupuis confessing, "I didn't know you when I broke my knee/spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased/except for this one friend, I almost forgot," before she's cut off by one of the nicest hum-along guitar riffs in indie rock in recent memory. Then the song gets even more satisfying when it dissolves into an instantly hooky chorus, and even more satisfying when it culminates in rock crescendo. You can download it for free, along with the last single, "Tiger Tank," above, or stream them both below. Highly recommended.
Speedy will be swinging through NYC this weekend for the Northside Festival at the Exploding In Sound showcase at Big Snow on Saturday (6/15) which also includes Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Pile, Grass Is Green, Ovlov, Porches and more.
Then in July, they'll kick off a full tour to support the album which begins with a record release show in NYC on July 5 at Death by Audio with likeminded '90s rock lovers California X and Roomrunner. That's a great lineup. Hopefully Roomrunner don't drop off this time!
Roomrunner also open for Mikal Cronin soon.
All dates are listed, along with the song streams, below...
Speedy Ortiz - "No Below"
Speedy Ortiz - "Tiger Tank"
Speedy Ortiz -- 2013 Tour Dates
Jun 15 Big Snow Brooklyn, NY*
Jul 05 Death by Audio Brooklyn, NY w/ California X, Roomrunner
Jul 06 Great Scott Allston, MA
Jul 11 Magic Stick Detroit, MI
Jul 13 Neverland Chicago, IL
Jul 16 Czar Bar Kansas City, MO
Jul 18 South Broadway Arts District Denver, CO
Jul 28 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
Jul 29 Last Exit Live Phoenix, AZ
Jul 31 The Conservatory Oklahoma City, OK
Aug 06 529 Atlanta, GA
Aug 08 Milestone Club Charlotte, NC
Sep 05 Hopscotch Music Fest Raleigh, NC
* - w/ Ovlov, Pile, Grass is Green, Two Inch Astronaut, Fat History Month, Hive Bent, Porches.
California X -- 2013 Tour Dates
06/20/2013 Allston, MA The DZ (message for address) w/ Sneeze
07/05/2013 New York CITY Death By Audio w/ Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner
07/19/2013 Northampton, MA The Elevens w/ Infinity Hotel and Adult Dude
07/26/2013 Portland, ME TBA
07/27/2013 Cambridge, MA The Middle East Matinee show w/ Night Birds
07/28/2013 Providence, RI TBA
08/03/2013 New Haven, CT TBA w/ Gouge Away and Iron Hand
08/23/2013 READING/LEEDS TBA
08/24/2013 READING/LEEDS TBA
08/25/2013 READING/LEEDS TBA
09/07/2013 New Brunswick, NJ TBA