Massachusetts four-piece Speedy Ortiz handily made SPIN's Best New Artists list for the month of May. As our own David Bevan writes, they're "one of the Bay State's most promising indie-rock outfits, a '90s-informed, Northampton-based foursome whose sidewinding riffage and cheeky lyrical outbursts will become a national concern very soon." That was no idle chatter. We debuted the raucous "Ka-Prow!" last month, and now NPR's gotten their hands on the deliciously noise-popping "Tiger Tank" from the band's forthcoming full-length debut, Major Arcana. The album is due July 9 via Carpark Records and is said to be a fully collaborative effort between main brain Sadie Dupuis and her gang of fresh-faced dudes. Head over to All Songs Considered to hear the studio version of "Tiger Tank," and check out the older Wreckroom session above to witness the track's angsty might with your actual eyes. Lyrical lesson learned: Don't go to the zoo when you're in a bad mood. Or something.
Speedy Ortiz, Major Arcana track list:
1. "Pioneer Spine"
2. "Tiger Tank"
4. "Casper (1995)"
5. "No Below"
8. "Cash Cab"
Speedy Ortiz tour dates:
May 8 - Middletown, CT @ Westco Café
May 11 - Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Festival
May 16 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott
May 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Silent Barn
May 31 - New York, NY @ Cake Shop
June 6 - Peterborough, NH @ Thing In The Spring
June 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge