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Speedy Ortiz premieres new song “Raising the Skate” — listen

on February 10, 2015, 2:00pm

Photo by Daniel Topete Photography

On April 21st, Speedy Ortiz will release its sophomore album, Foil Deer, through Carpark Records. The follow-up to 2013’s Major Arcana was written by frontwoman Sadie Dupuis in Connecticut and recorded alongside producer Nicolas Vernhes (Silver Jews, Deerhunter) at Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room.

Our first taste of the new album comes courtesy of “Raising the Skate”, a bristling rocker rife with sawtoothed riffs and Dupuis’ cutting lyricism. “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,” she asserts without even an iota of hesitation, adding, “I’m the boss, caller of the shots.”

According to Dupuis, the track serves as an empowering declaration of sorts for women. “It’s crazy frustrating seeing women and girls, myself included, put in positions in which they have to shirk credit for their talent or otherwise risk getting dissed as overbearing and bitchy,” she explains. “Being ‘the bigger person’ and letting others’ petulant behavior slide doesn’t always make you feel big. Sometimes you have to respect yourself by telling a toxic hanger-on to get lost.” Listen in below.

In support of the new LP, the band have lined up an extensive North American tour which kicks off later this week. Consult the full itinerary.

Speedy Ortiz 2015 Tour Dates:
02/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
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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