Speedy Ortiz NME session

Knowing your audience is an underrated skill, but it’s a skill that Boston DIY punks Speedy Ortiz seem to have down pat. During a recent UK visit, the band sat down to record an acoustic in-studio session for NME, and they had the very good sense to find the Britpop moment that most fit with their whole aesthetic, covering Blur’s “Bugman.” That song comes from Blur’s 1999 album 13, the moment where Blur was most invested in adapting shaggy and off-kilter American indie rock — shaggy and off-kilter American indie rock like the kind that Speedy Ortiz play — for U.S. audiences. The Speedy Ortiz version is likably laconic, and it features drummer Mike Falcone locking in and going for it, in a way that drummers usually don’t do when they’re playing acoustic in-studio sessions. Watch it below.

Speedy Ortiz’s recent Real Hair EP is out now on Carpark.

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Comments (8)
  1. THEY’RE FROM NORTHAMPTON, MA, NOT BOSTON, HOW MANY GODDAMN TIMES DO I HAVE TO POINT THIS OUT IN EVERY POST THEY ALLOW YOU TO WRITE ABOUT THEM. IT’S AN HOUR AND A HALF / 90+ MILE DISTANCE AWAY FROM WHERE THEY ARE FROM AND LIVE. JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, GUY…

  2. They did a bloody incredible plugged in cover at Birthdays in Dalston a little bit after this was recorded

  3. Yeah they’re my favourite band from Boston

    • Well, why don’t we just stop saying Perfect Pussy is from Syracuse and put them in Brooklyn instead. Why don’t we relocate Merchandise to Miami or Gainesville because less bands are from Tampa. It’s so disrespectful to an area (especially smaller scenes that could use a boost by being tied to a popular young band) to rob them of their artistic identities and put them in whichever big city within the state comes to mind first even if its literally on the other side of the state and only serves as a larger touring market. I’m sure Speedy Ortiz has played in NYC as much as they have Boston in the last year. Just call them an NYC band while you’re at it.

      It’s bad, lazy and disrespectful journalism.

      • Downvote me all you want. You’re all a bunch of assholes too afraid to stand up for fact by doing so.

        • you’re right dude, as trivial as it seems getting their actual home city is very important. By grouping them into just another Boston band it does disrespect their area and take away from their originality. I’m always more interested in the underdogs coming from the outskirts of the big city rather than just another band from a big city because it really does shape how you see the band.

          The cover is excellent though watched it twice

  4. i liked the cover and agree with the geographers

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