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Charting the Music: Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana'

Charting the Music: Speedy Ortiz, 'Major Arcana' facebook.com/speedyortiz / Colin Kerrigan
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The riveting lyrics and grungy sound make Speedy Ortiz's debut full-length album "Major Arcana" one to be played again and again.

As a freelance writer and poetry student, it is no wonder vocalist Sadie Dupuis and her band create not just a grungy, poppy sound, but they also come up with songs that give the group a memorable edge.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #1 CMJ for July 23, 2013.

Record Label, release date and producer: The album was released with Carpark Records on July 9, 2013 and produced by Justin Pizzoferrato.

Can be heard on: Gold Soundz with Chris Bay, the Space Parlour with Nick Acquisto, Wrong Division with Mabel and Joe and Mystery Train with Tim Rakel.

RIYL: Ovlov, Roomrunner, and Waxahatchee.

Hometown: Northampton, Mass.

Standout Track: The track "No Below" is a painful look into the torture of bullies and being alone when younger, before meeting the figure of the song.

Standout lyrics: "On my mouth is a factory for every toxic part of speech I spew" from the song "Tiger Tank."

About the band: Guitarist and vocalist Sadie Dupuis created a solo project under the name Speedy Ortiz, later including Darl Ferm on bass, Matt Robidoux on guitar and Mike Falcone on drums to complete the band. They recorded singles and a five-track EP before releasing "Major Arcana" as their first full-length album.

Did you know?: The name Speedy Ortiz comes from the character in the comic series "Love and Rockets." Dupuis had a self-recorded release titled "The Death of Speedy Ortiz" in 2011 before the other band members came along.

Play it while: you're in the mood for some chaotic yet clean, almost angsty, alternative rock.

What the critics say: "With its quaking rhythms, twisted riffage, and jet-black wit, Major Arcana is a redemptive ode to the broken bones that grew back together a little crooked--the ones that taught Dupuis how to walk in her own weird way." - Lindsay Zoladz, Pitchfork

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