Sunday, April 5, 2015

Speedy Ortiz- Foil Deer (upcoming album) teases- Puffer, Graduates, Raising the Skate - Tour Dates including Shaky Knees Festival in May

I have been thinking about Speedy Ortiz lately not only because I have been listening and liking the new songs  / teases for the sophomore album entitled Foil Deer that is dropping via Car Park Records on April 21st BUT the fact that I will get to see Sadie and the boys perform at the Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta (May 8th-10th). This is major for me. It is the first Festival AP will be covering since I relocated to Georgia from California and I have loved Speedy Ortiz since I first reviewed their Sports EP in 2012. Their first full length, Major Arcana was also on our Best of 2013 List. Oh, the possibilities.... maybe even an interview or at least a face to face "thank you" to Sadie Dupuis for enriching the musical landscape.

Check out the latest public offering from Foil Deer below.
Robb Curtius

PUFFER- from the upcoming Foil Deer

The latest track to be released as a tasty tease to Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz's second full length on Car Park Records cuts a new path for the band. It doesn't move like most Speedy Ortiz songs. It stalks at an industrial pace. It has an almost Euro-post new wave rock feel ala Bowie (Scary Monsters era) or Gary Numan. It is as catchy as can be but so different for what has come before. I need to chew on this one awhile swaying to it at the same time.

Raising The Skate - from the upcoming Foil Deer

Raising The Skate is once again mired in the delicious thick guitar wash that was so inspired on Major Arcana. Sonically, this track portends a pretty lushly produced album.

Graduates - from the upcoming Foil Deer

Major Arcana was heavy with Sadie Dupuis code poetry that was difficult to decipher. Graduates from a purely lyrical standpoint seems easier to interpret and the melodies feel (dare I say) happier. Sadie sings, "and we were pregnant on the balcony, and you caught me with a cigarette. I never put this thing on my lips... just crushed it and spit on where I laid it to rest" and my immediate thought was that this track feels more polished, and maybe even more mature. Would the Major Arcana Sadie dragged on the nicotine??? I don't know. I do know that Speedy Ortiz's sound has graduated to a new level here. It will be interesting to see who will want to hang with the head of the class and who will want to hang with the drop outs. There is certainly those of us who like hanging with both. Graduates is infectious.


04/22 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
04/24 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
04/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
04/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
04/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Cattivo
04/29 – Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
04/30 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
05/01 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
05/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
05/03 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
05/04 – Champaign, IL @ Highdive
05/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/07 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
05/08 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
05/11 – Tampa, FL @ The Crowbar
05/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
05/14 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
05/15 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
05/16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
05/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
05/22 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
05/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium
05/25 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
05/27 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
05/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
05/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
05/31 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
06/01 – Columbia, MO @ Rose Music HAll
06/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
06/04 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
06/05 – Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
06/06 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz P.D.B.
07/17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

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