Unfortunately there are still a lot of saddo sexists in this world who have an issue with powerful, opinionated women taking the lead. They’d much prefer to reduce them to “bossy” and be done with it. Speedy Ortiz’s return is a swipe fired squarely at every guy who’s called his ex-girlfriend “a crazy bitch,” every online comment section loiterer who wastes time haranguing successful, confident women. “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss,” corrects Sadie Dupuis on ‘Raising The Skate’, and damn straight, she’s in charge of an unstoppable driving force.
Hissing cymbals tick angrily along, giving a vital pulse to those fretboard-scaling riffs, and eventually a pummeling wall of fuzzy chaos takes over. There’s a saccharine sherbet dib-dab of a middle-eight too, with a cutting undertone. There’s a vital message in ‘Raising The Skate’, and at the same time, Speedy Ortiz are busy raising the bar ever-higher in the lead up to their second album ‘Foil Deer’.
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Succinct, wry, and in tune with its context, there’s plenty to unpick.
Speedy Ortiz were all ready to go with a curveball album of love songs, until the election of Donald Trump shook the world. Heading back to the drawing board, ‘Twerp Verse’ is the result of a rethink.