Speedy Ortiz are currently in the midst of a month of festival hopping (Bonnaroo, 4 Knots, NXNE, Pitchfork), which is to say that the extremely hard-working band has to only play one or two shows a week instead of seven.
Not ones to take time off, the band is currently in the process of working out new material, says singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis. "It's pretty surreal that my job is now to sit around and write songs all day, except on the days in which I have to drive far and then play the songs." Speaking of driving far, the band is also happy to announce that they'll be hitting the road with Ex Hex this fall after their third trip to Europe this year. See below for the list of NEW new tour dates.
On their latest EP Real Hair, the band sets a course between the knotty discord of debut album Major Arcana and the pop bonafides of the preceding Sports EP. Recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies, Radiohead), the new EP finds them subtly adding new techniques to their songbook. Guitarists Sadie Dupuis and Matt Robidoux bring on additional guitar effects to color the roundabout feel of "Oxygal," while bassist Darl Ferm and drummer Mike Falcone hit hard to deliver the jump-in-the-pit urgency of "American Horror".
From the vocal melodies to the no-nonsense guitar turns, this is Speedy's catchiest outing yet, drawing inspiration from contemporary Top 40 and R&B radio in addition to their regular arsenal of guitar rock. Dupuis' lyrics continue to address concerns about identity, representation, and their misalignment, this time from a new angle: "While the last album was kind of a breakup jam, these songs are a lot more introspective-myself dealing with and talking to and making sense of myself," she says.
With Real Hair, Speedy Ortiz once again taps into the four-part chemistry that brought their prior outings praise. They're still equal parts noisy and poetic, and now merge those channels more seamlessly than ever.
07/18 - Madison, WI @ Live On King Street $
07/19 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge @
07/20 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Festival
07/21 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's #
08/02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
08/07 - Gothenburg, Sweden @ Way Out West
08/09 - Haldern, Germany @ Haldern Pop Festival
08/10 - Skipton, UK @ Skipton Beacons Festival
08/12 - Edinburgh, UK @ Electric Circus
08/13 - Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
08/14 - Brighton, UK @ Prince Albert
08/15 - London, UK @ Jabberwocky Festival
08/17 - Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
08/23 - Monterey, CA @ First City Festival
09/26-28 - Champaign, IL @ Pygmalion Festival
09/27-28 - Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Festival
10/07 - Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar ^
10/08 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room ^
10/09 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive ^
10/10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister ^
10/11 - Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room ^
10/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo ^
10/16 - Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios ^
10/17 - Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl ^
10/18 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza ^
10/23 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium ^
10/24 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry ^
10/26 - Detroit, MI @ Lager House ^
10/28 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore ^
10/29 - Burlington, VT @ The Monkey House ^
10/30 - Allston, MA @ The Great Scott ^
10/31 - Hamden, CT @ The Space ^
11/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands ^
11/02 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge ^
11/05 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar ^
11/06 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
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The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.