I have been a fan of Speedy Ortiz since the first time I heard “No Below,” got it stuck in my head, and listened to the album for a week. What really made me love the band was reading Sadie Dupuis’s perspective. Not only on how the band came about but about being female, demisexual, and queer in the music scene. Her perspective was so important to me, because I had never read or met anyone with a experiences so similar to my own. Sadie was obsessed with same bands as I was when I was young too, following everything anyone attached to Saddle Creek did. So seeing that Speedy Ortiz and, Cursive frontman Tim Kasher’s originally solo project, the Good Life, were going on tour together and stopping in my hometown made the happiest emo kid. Your obsessions can become your reality.
A couple weeks ago, Sadie took a break from recording a new solo project to speak to me. The first thing I did was thank her, then ask her a handful of questions about music and the upcoming show at Rickshaw Stop on June 2.
The Bay Bridged: One, the tour with the Good Life is like an emo kid’s dream come true.
Sadie Dupuis: I’m really excited to tour with them. I was a big fan of basically all the Saddle Creek bands or anything Tim Kasher did. They’re really formative recording and songwriting influences to me. We met those guys…for whatever reason we have a bunch of friends in Omaha. Like we used to always play at this one basement venue every time we played in Omaha. I think it’s actually the house that Conor Oberst used to live in. Some of the people that worked at Saddle Creek, would come see us play and we kind of became friends with them. So we played a festival in Omaha, I guess, about a year ago. It was really one of my favorite festivals we have played, for one of the main reasons being women were represented in almost every band. Which is unbelievable and a huge rarity at a huge festival. We met the Good Life at that and wound up being email buddies with Tim and now we’re doing a tour together. I’m really excited about it. I think that last record is like amazing.
TBB: What do you think about “emo revival?”
SD: I don’t think the Good Life is an emo band. But I think that a lot of the emo stuff I like is not what people think of with emo revival.
TBB: Do you still define yourself as an emo kid?
SD: I’m def a sad guy.
TBB: If you could speak to your past emo kid self in one of the most emotionally tragic times for them? Ya know, when you couldn’t stop listening to that one Bright Eyes album? What would you tell her?
SD: Probably to calm down and hang out with my friends instead of being so obsessive and locked in my room. I guess I probably tell myself the same thing now though. Really all I’m learning is that I haven’t progressed. “A line allows progress, a circle does not.”