speedy ortiz

Fresh off the release of their debut LP, Speedy Ortiz will headline a show at Bottom of the Hill this Thursday, July 25. Carpark Records label-mate and local favorite GRMLN was removed from the bill due to a scheduling conflict, but Wild Moth and San Jose’s Shinobu will support.

Major Arcana, the debut full-length from Western Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz, was released July 9 on Carpark. Following the Sports EP and a few singles, the new album asserts that singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis’ idiosyncratically arresting lyrical style is the driving force that separates the band from fellow ’90s-rock revivalists. Listen to album single “No Below”, um, below.

In a recent Pitchfork interview, Speedy Ortiz fancies themselves to be more exciting than the likes of Yuck, Surfer Blood, or The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Drummer Mike Falcone told Jenn Pelly: “I don’t think we’re boring on stage. When we played Detroit, Matt fucking left the building and stood in the middle of the street and played a guitar solo while we were playing a song.”

All boasting and comparisons aside, the Speedy Ortiz set at Bottom of the Hill on Thursday is sure to be a singular experience. Don’t expect there to be many tickets left at the door come showtime.

Bay Area band Wild Moth will release an album called Over, Again on September 17 via Asian Man Records, the label that also pressed Shinobu’s Strange Spring Air LP.

Speedy Ortiz, Shinobu, Wild Moth
Bottom of the Hill
July 25, 2013
9pm, $10