Listen to Speedy Ortiz's Grungy 'The Graduates,' From New 'Foil Deer' Album

Speedy Ortiz
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Speedy Ortiz

Sadie Dupuis, singer and guitarist for Northampton, Mass., slacker-punks Speedy Ortiz, takes things down a notch on "The Graduates," the second single from the band's forthcoming sophomore album Foil Deer (out April 21 via Carpark Records). After proclaiming "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss" on "Raising the Skate," she sings about being "the best at second place before I was the runner-up."

Such lyrical contradictions have also been the sonic basis for Speedy Ortiz since their 2013 debut LP Major Arcana. Still fueled by Dupuis' deadpan drawl -- somewhere between a female-pitched version of Stephen Malkmus and the Offspring's "Why Don't You Get a Job" -- and yowling riffs from guitarist Devin McKnight of Boston's like-minded Grass Is Green, "The Graduates" sounds a little cleaner without losing any of its punch.

Though it's clearly another step in Speedy Ortiz's evolution, it's not quite as extreme as the comic they released with the announcement of Foil Deer, which envisions a world listening to the album in 1,000 years. There's no doubt it'll rock just as mightily then.