Profiles

Speedy Ortiz on underground comics, poster art and Livejournal: An interview with illustrations

Speedy Ortiz (due Saturday, March 22, at Moe's Original Bar B Que) from Northampton, Massachusetts came out of the solo side-project of singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis when she was a member of the rock band Quilty. Taking the project's moniker from a story in the influential underground comic series, Love and Rockets, the band quickly developed a musical vocabulary that had warped, loose and yet energetically forceful momentum of '90s guitar rock bands like Pavement and Helium. Dupuis's songwriting is informed by a whimsical sense of humor that serves as a source of subtle dynamic and emotional tension when the subject matter crosses over into more serious territory. We were able to spend some time talking with Dupuis about her affection for Love and Rockets and for underground and alternative comics generally. Given the subject matter, we figured we'd ask our very own Noah Van Sciver to provide the visual accompaniment for the interview.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.