Are you ready for a rush? Good. Because Speedy Ortiz are here to deliver exactly that… direct to your brain. The band, hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts, delivered one of the years’ best debuts by way of Major Arcana back in July, a superlative collection of wonky, 90s infused, soulful power punk. Speedy Ortiz certainly take a lead from bands like Pavement and The Slits, lovingly caressing the cheek of late 20th century indie rock whilst simultaneously stomping on its derivatives and bring it into the here and now.
‘No Below’ shows off leading lady Sadie Dupuis’ dark lyricism that gloriously interlocks with melodic riffs and smooth beats. It’s a formidable combination that proves Speedy Ortiz are one the slacker rock set’s finest. The unashamedly DIY video takes you on a dreamy journey into Dupuis’ childhood past before the pent up energy of the track hits you in the face with refreshing force. It’s like quenching your thirst by drinking out of a fire hose.
Watch the video for ‘No Below’ below.
Speedy Ortiz are on tour throughout Europe early next year. The dates are…
Feb 13 Birmingham, England – Hare & Hounds
Feb 14 Leeds, England – Brudenell Social Club
Feb 15 Glasgow, Scotland – Broadcast
Feb 16 Manchester, England – Deaf Institute
Feb 18 London, England – Birthdays (NME Awards)
Feb 19 London, England – The Lexington
Feb 20 Brighton, England – Green Door Store
Feb 21 Paris, France – Trabendo (Fireworks Fest)
Feb 22 Lille, France – La Peniche
Feb 24 Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
Feb 25 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Feb 26 Hamburg, Germany – Turmzimmer
Feb 27 Copenhagen, Denmark – BETA
Feb 28 Berlin, Denmark – Magnet Club
Mar 01 Vienna, Austria – Flex