In another of those Dusted reviews of artists who live within 50 miles of me that I've never met (see Sam Moss), here's Speedy Ortiz, the 1990s guitar-rock-influenced, rock-'n-roll-camp-for-girls informed project of one Sadie Dupuis. I reviewed all three of her recordings so far, but there's another one coming pretty soon, so back to work everyone. No one said you could go home yet.
The Death of Speedy Ortiz / Taylor Swift b/w Swim Fan / Sports EP
Exploding in Sound
Speedy Ortiz is the Western Mass-based alter-ego of Sadie Dupuis, a sometime rock-in-roll-camp-counselor, poetry student and songwriter who harks back to the ragged, heavily distorted, pre-grunge guitar pop of the 1990s, not just female-centric bands like Belly, Throwing Muses and the Breeders, but also mixed and decidedly male ones — Pixies, Chavez and Polvo.
Dupuis, who used to be in a band called KC Quilty, has gradually built Speedy Ortiz from a one-woman bedroom (or camp cabin, in this case) home recording project into a full-blooded band. The Death of Speedy Ortiz, recorded in 2011, had just Dupuis playing guitar, drums, bass, piano, banjo and cello. The Taylor Swift single and the Sports EP bring together Northampton-area musicians Mike Falcone (ex-Ovlov) on drums, Darl Ferm on bass (ex-Day Sleeper), Matt Robidoux on guitar (he was in the excellent, though mathy Graph), as well as Dupuis herself.
You can listen to all of it at the Speedy Ortiz Bandcamp page.