Speedy Ortiz Real Hair

One of the great pleasures of my December was watching Western Mass alt-rock powerhouse Speedy Ortiz, between Breeders tour dates, headline a tiny Columbus coffee shop/bar hybrid alongside fellow Best New Bands honorees All Dogs. The whole show ripped, but the new material especially ripped. Besides “Everything’s Bigger,” which had just been released, another song earmarked for the upcoming Real Hair EP blew my God-given follicles back. The mystery song was a guitar monster the likes of which I’ve rarely encountered, as if Radiohead’s “Just” had a baby with Helium’s Pirate Prude EP back in the ’90s and it the offspring was now flexing its muscles, roaring uncouthly, and all in all relishing its adolescence. That song, it turns out, is called “American Horror,” and you can hear it below.

Real Hair is out 2/11 via Carpark.

Comments (9)
  1. Sadie can do no wrong. Another excellent track.

  2. so what like they are just going to keep putting out good songs?

  3. aaaarrghghgh I LOVE IT

  4. So happy I pre-ordered Real Hair… I have a feeling it’s going to be one of those EP’s you truly wish was an entire album’s worth.

  5. Can’t help but think of Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill when I hear this. Little flecks of Sadie’s warble reminds me of Doug Martsch and that guitar squalor owes at least a little back-rent to Dino.

  6. Chris, I love reading your posts because almost every show you write about in Columbus I have been to as well. Glad to know there is a fellow Stereogummer out here in Cbus!

    Oh and Speedy Ortiz killed it at Kafe Kerouac. Absolutely loved the new material they played

  7. Sounds like Bettie Serveert to these ears. Not a bad thing.

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