Speedy Ortiz

Though I was originally drawn to Speedy Ortiz by the way they reimagined the sound of ’90s greats, what’s kept me around has been very different. It’s all there in the little details. Think of the way “No Below” built from a quiet confessional to a guitar freak-out effortlessly, but naturally, or how “Tiger Tank” ended on a drum fill to nothing, leaving you hanging and craving more in the best way. The band works wonders — usually in under three minutes.

“Plough,” the third single from their upcoming debut Major Arcana comes with some great moments too. It features Sadie Dupuis singing in her prettiest vocal take I’ve heard, “Stop shaking while you’re freaking the fuck out,” and comes with a sparkly coda that matches “Tiger Tank” in the unpredictable ending department. Of course in between all of that is a rollercoaster of angular guitars, surprise melodies, and pounding drums. It’s somewhat of a tease in a way, because “Plough” has enough hooks and great ideas that it could have been, like, 3 songs; but then again that’s quickly becoming Speedy’s makers mark. They fit a bunch of great and different ideas together to make an incredible song, but now after this third single, it seems like they just have to fit all the songs together and they’ll have an incredible album. Fortunately we won’t have to wait much longer since the album is out soon, and the band has just launched a pretty massive tour. Give “Plough” a listen and check out the new tour dates below.

Major Arcana is out 7/9 Carpark

Tour Dates:
07/05 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
07/06 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
07/09 – Hudson, NY @ The Half Moon Pub
07/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog
07/11 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
07/12 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Milhouse
07/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ College Bar
07/15 – St. Louis, MO @ Melt
07/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
07/17 – Omaha, NE @ The West Wing
07/18 – Denver, CO @ UMS Festival
07/19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Salt Haus
07/20 – Boise, ID @ The Red Room
07/21 – Portland, OR @ Habesha
07/22 – Olympia, WA @ House Show
07/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet
07/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
07/28 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
07/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
07/31 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
08/01 – Denton, TX @ J&J’s Pizza
08/02 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
08/04 – New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
08/05 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
08/06 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
08/07 – Athens, GA @ Farm 255
08/08 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
08/09 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
08/10 ­– Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
08/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
08/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House

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Comments (2)
  1. The album is a lot darker and weirder than I anticipated, but this is one of the brighter-hued spots despite its black magic undertones.

    Kind of bent out of shape that out of the 30 dates for this tour, though, an actual hometown show couldn’t be squeezed in there to kick things off (unless you count the two hour trip out to Boston.) It’s weird — NYC-based bands always are sure to kick things off there, but I guess the lack of crowd or whatever business strategy that determines touring routes always has Western Mass bands catering to bigger markets first and then the city they’re actually from after that’s all done.

  2. Well ok, they are not from NYC? …….. Maybe that’s why? Allston kickoff? Hello!?
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