Next month, Speedy Ortiz front-woman Sadie Dupuis will release a solo album as Sad13, called Slugger. Sad13 already shared the first two singles from Slugger: the consent-is-sexy “Get A Yes,” and the grungy “Less Than 2.” Now she’s shared “Devil In U,” a song which, the singer says, is “about constraining your life to avoid conflict in the face of emotional abuse.” Fuzzy synth chords and wandering guitar melodies bounce as Dupuis sings: “That’s what an angel would do / Who’s stuck with the devil in you.” Slugger picks up where Speedy’s last album, Foil Deer left off, but now, the front-woman’s lyrics look even farther inward. Slugger is an intimate take on self-protection and empowerment, where songs function as confessionals and showcases the singer at her most personal.
Slugger is out November 11 on Carpark Records. Catch Sad13 perform in New York on October 28 at Alphaville, and again on December 13 at Baby’s All Right.
Northampton rockers Speedy Ortiz are currently basking in the glow of their new album, Major Arcana, now out on Carpark. A few months back, they played a release show at Shea Stadium for their "Kaprow!" b/w "Hexxy" 7" on Inflated Records. Speedy Ortiz's live performance is equally potent as the raw grunge pop of their recordings. Now you can get a taste of this live experience: Shea Stadium has released recordings of the band's set on April 27 (actually Speedy Ortiz's second show of that day-- they first played WBAR-B-Q that afternoon). The setlist samples everything in the band's discography, from Major Arcana highlights to material from their very first EP.
On "Hexxy," the latest track by Northampton, Mass's Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is caustic as ever. "Who are you to call me out?" she asks between references to slugs, scorpions, and torture porn. This lyrical trend isn't unlike what we heard on Sports, the band's excellent debut EP from last year, which similarly juxtaposed biting cynicism and a scathing sense of humor with moments of emotional vulnerability. On "Hexxy," the B-side to Speedy Ortiz's forthcoming 7", the group demonstrates instrumental chops that round out the song. A chugging bass drum commands the track while guitarist Matt Robidoux pummels the fretboard with searing chords. (via Stereogum)
The "Ka-Prow!" b/w "Hexxy" 7" is out April 30 via Inflated Records. You can preorder it here. Speedy Ortiz's debut LP, Major Arcana, will be released July 9 on Carpark Records.