Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Pile Ready New Album For Fall + Tour Dates

A message from PILE...

"firstly, we're recording a record! we're doing it at a place called the sex dungeon and we sweated a lot. we shot pellet guns and blew things up. we also drank and sweated. i hung out with my dad and felt like a cave troll on a field trip and we had a great time. i think it sounds pretty good so far. it's looking like there'll be 10 songs on it and it'll be out in mid-october. dan and dave from exploding in sound are nice enough to put it out for us on vinyl and cd.

we've just about run out of magic isn't real on vinyl. i think we have about 20 left. if you want to buy one, come to a show or email us. we're going to re-press it eventually i think, but that costs money and we don't have enough, especially if we're doing THIS!!...!

8/4 ALLSTON MA - WACKY ASTLE
8/10 SOMERVILLE MA - MOE'S
8/11 ALLSTON MA - BOXFORT
8/17 SOMERVILLE MA - RADIO
8/19 ALLSTON MA - LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT
8/30 BUFFALO NY - MOHAWK PLACE
8/31 DETROIT MI - GARDEN BOWL
9/1 CHICAGO IL
9/2 MILWAUKEE WI - QUARTER'S ROCK N ROLL PALACE
9/3 MADISON WI - THE FREQUENCY
9/4 MINNEAPOLIS MN
9/5 OMAHA NE - THE SLOWDOWN
9/6 KANSAS CITY MO
9/7 NORMAN OK
9/8 DALLAS TX - LA GRANGE
9/9 AUSTIN TX
9/10 HOUSTON TX - MANGO'S
9/11 NEW ORLEANS LA
9/12 PENSACOLA FL - THE HANDLEBAR
9/13 DECATUR AL - PLANET AVALON
9/14 NASHVILLE
9/15 LOUISVILLE
9/16 COLUMBUS OH
9/17 PITTSBURGH PA
9/18 PHILADELPHIA PA
9/27 ALLSTON MA - GREAT SCOTT
10/13 ALLSTON MA - O'BRIEN'S
10/18 NORTHAMPTON MA - SIERRA GRILLE
10/20 BROOKLYN NY
10/30 BROOKLYN NY
10/31 PHILADELPHIA PA
11/1 WASHINGTON DC
11/2 RICHMOND VA
11/3 RALEIGH/DURHAM/CHAPEL HILL
11/4 CHARLOTTE NC
11/5 CHARLESTON SC - THE TIN ROOF
11/6 SAVANNAH GA
11/7 JACKSONVILLE FL
11/8 ORLANDO FL
11/9 GAINESVILLE
11/10 TALLAHASSEE FL
11/11 TBD
11/12 ATLANTA GA
11/13 ATHENS GA
11/14 ASHEVILLE NC
11/15 TBD
11/16 BALTIMORE MD
11/17 NEW BRUNSWICK NJ

Concerning the shows outside of Boston, some of them have venues and some don't, which means we're in the process of figuring it out. But if there's a city listed, you can bet your balls on a knicks game we're gonna be there. so if you want to help (and help means food, housing, money, drugs, sex, america) please do. the tbd's are just us figuring out where we're going to be.. but everywhere else, we're gonna be there. and if it changes, don't worry, i will invade your inbox with the rest of the penis pills and mailing lists you regretted signing up for but are reluctant to mark as spam."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Speedy Ortiz Named "BEST NEW BAND IN MA" by The Phoenix

The Boston Phoenix posted its annual "BEST NEW BANDS IN AMERICA" awards last month, picking one band from every state in the country. We're thrilled to see Speedy Ortiz has been selected as the official MA pick, which you can find below. You can check out the entire thing HERE.

MASSACHUSETTS - SPEEDY ORTIZ
CITY: Northampton
SONG TO DOWNLOAD: "Silver Spring"

The first listen to Speedy Ortiz’s “Taylor Swift” creates a feeling that’s hard to pinpoint. It’s like stumbling across Cinemax After Dark as a teenager — it may be uncomfortable, it may be beautiful, or it may be something in between. Poignant, and dirty, at times, it is Speedy Ortiz’s sly way of conjuring up interesting emotions, and it is making tidal waves out of Western Mass. Even in their infancy, the quartet already has three releases, the latest of which, Sports EP, they will be touring the country behind all summer long. Speedy Ortiz channels the Gen-X angst that never went stale, both in their grungy instrumental rumble and in the fearless songwriting of lead lady Sadie Dupuis. While their sound may make ’90s kids feel at home, it sticks around to pluck the heads off their Barbies, drink all their whiskey, and send a big “fuck you” to the Man. The result is everything you would want representing our fine commonwealth.

Speedy Ortiz Interviewed in Draw Us Lines

Speedy Ortiz's massive tour has been garnering praise all summer long, and as it winds down this weekend, there is still much excitement ahead. Check out an interview Pittsburgh, PA's Draw Us Lines recently did with vocalist/guitarist Sadie Dupuis...

[drawuslines.com] This job can be super easy sometimes. For instance, you might hear about a band on the web, start listening to their tunes a bunch, and shortly thereafter get an email from that *very band* out of the blue asking you to help them set up a show in your town. That’s exactly what happened with Speedy Ortiz recently, and my answer to them was a resounding, “Hell yeah!”

A date was open at the Brillobox, and two of my favorite Pittsburgh bands—Pet Clinic and Legs Like Tree Trunks—were available to play, so it all fell together perfectly. We even brought in the artistic hand of one Michael Artman to make that pretty-looking poster you see up there. In short, the stars are aligned for this show, and we hope you’ll join all of us this Wednesday evening for three awesome bands.

DUL: What’s your band history tale? How did you all end up playing instruments, and how did you all end up playing together?

Sadie Dupuis (SD): following a year of unemployment, early 20s identity crisis, deaths of some close friends, and a breakup with a long term boyfriend, i moved from brooklyn to northampton, ma in september for grad school and a teaching job. i was reasonably depressed considering the aforementioned and playing music was (cliché) one of the few things i liked. i was still playing in a new york-based rock called quilty trio, unfortunately featuring my ex-boyfriend, and those shows were sporadic and toxic, frequently ending with us knocking over each other’s equipment. i wanted to work on new material but it would have been painful for us to work together, so i home-recorded an album and EP on which i played all of the instruments. the first few “speedy ortiz” shows were essentially me filling in for shows quilty trio had to back out of due to breaking up. i called my friend mike falcone, who played in two of my favorite bands, ovlov and dead wives, and he came over to my mom’s basement the night before the first show and learned a bunch of my songs and a sebadoh cover and we played as a duo for a handful of sets. then another pal, matt robidoux, who i’d been casually playing with, started playing guitar with us. he’d been in a northampton band called graph and also plays in some noise projects so his playing added a really different angle to it. i remember a “guitar solo” at an early show at bard college that essentially involved him breaking a practice amp with feedback from a pzo mic, smashing the thing, and then wrapping it in toilet paper. different people filled in on bass. darl ferm, who i had met at a party in north carolina when quilty played with his old band day sleeper on tour, learned all the songs the night before a january boston show he was filling in for, and then played permanently with us after that. we like a lot of music in common—failure, swirlies, slint—so it was a good fit right away.

DUL: What were early Speedy Ortiz gigs like? What were your goals for the band?

SD: all of our old bands had recently broken up so we took all of those show offers and used them for speedy ortiz. between the four of us we have a solid network of friends in the boston and new york scenes and were able to set up good lineups with bands we liked right from the start. like i said, i was pretty depressed from all of the shit that had gone down in the previous calendar year, so i was manically prolific in terms of output as a way of coping. since last summer i think i’ve written ~75 songs, which is weird since i used to write sorta slowly, never more than 5-10 a year. we were lucky enough to record two of those (“taylor swift” and “swim fan”) with paul kolderie, a boston engineer who has worked with some of my favorite bands (pixies, come, morphine, radiohead) and put them out as an online single.

DUL: Tell us about the making of the Sports EP: the songwriting, the recording, the production. How do you feel about the end result? From an outsider’s perspective, it feels like a “mature” recording, something you’ve been building towards. Is that fair to say? Are you proud of the record? Where do you hope to go from here?

SD: ‘sports EP’ was 5 songs i had written and recorded demos of in january. i don’t think we ever actually even rehearsed them, just learned them independently and started playing them at shows… there were about 30 of those in february and march, at which point we went to a warehouse in philly called the sex dungeon and recorded the album in a couple of days. we picked that spot because our friends who run it, dan and james, let us stay there one time after an early show and got drunk with us and synced up the failure album fantastic planet with the french cartoon of the same name… plus they have all these weird sculptures and a fat cat named moomers… i’m not doing it justice, the space is surreal. recording there was an impulsive decision fueled mostly by a desire to hang out with and support our friends, which is characteristic of most of what the band does, i think. we like playing with and for our friends and working with our friends. justin pizzoferrato in northampton mixed it with us and made it sound really amazing, imho. my friend keith freund from the boston band ribs mastered it. exploding in sound records was nice enough to offer to press it to 10″. they also release two of our favorite bands and best friends, grass is green and pile, so (based on previously stated ethos) we obviously went for it. i made the artwork the day we sent it out (like i said, super impulsive band). matt’s girlfriend olivia is a great artist and made a layout for the tape. they co-released it on their label, hidden temple, along with mike’s label, t-scene. and now it’s out and we’re very happy with it. but we’re also excited to do some new stuff. on tour we’ve been getting songs for a new album tight, so hopefully we’ll have a chance to record that soon.

READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.



Tour Dates:

7/30 DETROIT: Trumbullplexx w/ Cloud Rat, Esper
7/31 CLEVELAND
8/1 PITTSBURGH: Brillobox w/ Pet Clinic, Legs Like Tree Trunks
8/2 DC: Columbia Station w/ Two Inch Astronaut, Hivebent
8/3 BROOKLYN: Shea Stadium w/ Porches., Butter The Children, Mail The Horse
8/4 BOSTON: Wacky Kastle w/ Pile, Grass Is Green, Fat History Month, Vegans
8/5 BRATTLEBORO
8/6 EASTHAMPTON