Speedy Ortiz

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Speedy Ortiz
Origin Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Associated acts
  • Quilty
  • Ovlov
  • Grass Is Green
  • Philadelphia Collins
  • Hellrazor
  • Dark Warble
  • Dead Wives
  • Graph
Website speedyortiz.com
Past members
  • Matt Robidoux

Speedy Ortiz is an American indie rock band from Northampton, Massachusetts, United States.[5]


The band originated in 2011 as Sadie Dupuis' solo project while she was teaching songwriting at a summer camp, recording her own material using her laptop.[6] Two releases resulted from this solo endeavor, the Cop Kicker EP, and the album, The Death of Speedy Ortiz.

The project expanded into a full band in late 2011. The group independently released "Taylor Swift" b/w "Swim Fan," recorded by Paul Q Kolderie, which was followed by 2012's Sports, released on Exploding in Sound Records.

Their debut album, Major Arcana, was released on Carpark Records in 2013.[7][8] The album was well received.[9] Pitchfork Media deemed the album "Best New Music."[7][10]

In 2014, guitarist Matt Robidoux was replaced by fellow Massachusetts musician Devin McKnight of Grass is Green.[11] On January 21, 2015, Dupuis announced their second studio album, Foil Deer, which was released on April 21, 2015.[12]

2015 was a break out year for Speedy Ortiz, as Foil Deer was met with critical praise. Pitchfork noted in their review of the album, 'The album is ferocious and visceral, the lyrics gleaming with threads involving sharp blades both literal and figurative...As Dupuis grows more self-possessed, she and her bandmates veer into their most ambitious compositions to date."

Foil Deer, which was recorded over three weeks at producer Nicolas Vernhe's Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn, earned the band the title of Noisey's Artist of the Year for 2015. On the band, Noisey says: "They exist to give back to their community. They exist to empower you. They exist to make you put your fist in the air. The band embodies what the genre of punk rock started out as—powerful guitars and a dominant stage presence—but have also brought along the bold message that no matter who you are or what you’re feeling, you’re OK."

Speedy Ortiz have toured with Thurston Moore, The Breeders, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks and Ex Hex.


  • Matt Robidouxe – guitar (2011-2014)


  • Cop Kicker (2011, self-released)
  • Sports (2012, Exploding In Sound)
  • Real Hair (2014, Carpark)
  • Foiled Again (2016, Carpark)
  • "Taylor Swift" b/w "Swim Fan" (2012, self-released)
  • "Ka-Prow!" b/w "Hexxy" (2013, Inflated)
  • "Bigger Party" (2014, Adult Swim)
  • Split with Chris Weisman (2014, LAMC)
  • "Raising The Skate" (2015, Carpark)
  • "The Graduates" (2015, Carpark)

Premieres + Music Videos[edit]

  1. Tiger Tank Video via SPIN (2013)
  2. No Below Video via Pitchfork (2013)
  3. Ka-Prow! Video via Youtube (2013)
  4. American Horror Video via SPIN (2014)
  5. The Graduates Video via NY Times (2015)
  6. Raising the Skates Video via Wired (2015)
  7. Swell Content Video via Jezebel (2015)
  8. My Dead Girl Video via Vanity Fair (2015)


  1. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Speedy Ortiz". Allmusic. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Mokoena, Tshepo (April 2, 2015). "Speedy Ortiz – Foil Deer: album stream". The Guardian. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hear Speedy Ortiz's Catchy New Song 'The Graduates'". Rolling Stone. March 4, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay (July 12, 2013). "Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Speedy Ortiz Sports a New Release". Northamptonmedia.com. 2012-06-27. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  6. ^ "clickatmusic.com". Clickatmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  7. ^ a b "Rising: Speedy Ortiz | Features". Pitchfork.com. 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Music | Speedy Ortiz". Speedyortiz.bandcamp.com. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  9. ^ "Reviews for Major Arcana by Speedy Ortiz". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  10. ^ Terry, Josh (2013-07-15). "Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana | Album Reviews". Consequenceofsound.net. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  11. ^ "Speedy Ortiz Guitarist Matt Robidoux on Indefinite Hiatus From Band | News". Pitchfork.com. 2014-05-06. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  12. ^ Camp, Zoe (February 3, 2015). "Speedy Ortiz Detail New Album Foil Deer". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 

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