New England noise pop group Speedy Ortiz is heading out on a tour that will take them across the US! They’ll be joined by some special guests on select dates, such as Soccer Mommy, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Anna Burch, and others. Thrillcall is giving out tickets to select dates; see the full tour and how to win below.
“Necessary brattiness” is the motto for Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015’s Foil Deer, the band’s latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society’s margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being “outrageous and practical” in order to be heard at all.
“You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world,” says Dupuis. “I call it a ‘twerp verse’ when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish – like a Lil Wayne verse – but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth.”
Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze’s Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums – and together they accelerate the band’s idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis’ heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.
Thrillcall will be giving away a pair of tickets to shows marked in red below. Download the Thrillcall app in order to enter.
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean ~
5/13 – Detroit, MI – El Club ~
5/14 – Toronto, ON – The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern ~
5/15 – Montreal, QC -La Vitrola ~
5/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg ^
5/29 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s *
5/30 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar *
6/1 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack *
6/2 – Austin, TX – Barracuda *
6/3 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada *
6/5 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge *
6/6 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
6/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
6/9 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club *
6/10 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord *
6/12 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *
6/13 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project *
6/14 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
6/16 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
6/17 – Omaha, NE – Reverb *
6/19 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room *
6/20 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi *