SPEEDY ORTIZ – Tickets – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC – May 13th, 2019

SPEEDY ORTIZ

Neighborhood Theatre & MaxxMusic present

SPEEDY ORTIZ

Empath, Modern Moxie

Mon 5/13

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Theatre

$12 adv/$15 dos

$3 Under 21 Surcharge at Door (Valid ID required for entry into venue. Under 18 permitted with parent.)

Accepted forms of ID: State Issued ID or Driver's License, Military ID, Passport.

SPEEDY ORTIZ
SPEEDY ORTIZ
“Necessary brattiness” is the motto for Speedy Ortiz’s dauntless new collection of songs, Twerp Verse. The follow-up to 2015’s Foil Deer, the band’s latest indie rock missive is prompted by a tidal wave of voices, no longer silent on the hurt they’ve endured from society’s margins. But like many of these truth-tellers, songwriter, guitarist and singer Sadie Dupuis scales the careful line between what she calls being “outrageous and practical” in order to be heard at all.

“You need to employ a self-preservational sense of humor to speak truth in an increasingly baffling world,” says Dupuis. “I call it a ‘twerp verse’ when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish - like a Lil Wayne verse - but it becomes the most crucial part. This record is our own twerp verse, for those instances when you desperately need to stand up and show your teeth.”

Twerp Verse was tracked in Brooklyn DIY space Silent Barn, mixed by Omaha legend Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley) and mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Emily Lazar (Sia, Haim, Beck). The record pulls from the most elastic pop moments in Squeeze’s Argybargy and the seesawing synth-rock of Deerhoof and the Rentals. With Dupuis on guitars, vocals, and synths, supporting guitarist Andy Molholt (of psych pop outfit Laser Background) now joins Speedy veterans Darl Ferm on bass and Mike Falcone on drums - and together they accelerate the band’s idiosyncrasy through the wilderness of Dupuis’ heady reflections on sex, lies and audiotape.

Dupuis, who both earned an MFA in poetry and taught at UMass Amherst, propels the band’s brain-teasing melodies with her serpentine wit. Inspired by the cutting observations of Eve Babitz, Aline Crumb’s biting memoirs, and the acute humor of AstroPoet Dorothea Lasky, Dupuis craftily navigates the danger zone that is building intimacy and political allyship in 2018. Now as public pushback against the old guards reaches a fever pitch - in the White House, Hollywood and beyond - the band fires shots in disillusioned Gen Y theme “Lucky 88,” and casts a side-eye towards suitors-turned-monsters in the cold-blooded single “Villain.” Closing track “You Hate The Title” is a slinky traipse through the banality of this current moment in patriarchy - in which survivors are given the mic, but nitpicked over the timbre of their testimonies. “You hate the title, but you’re digging the song,” Dupuis sings wryly, “You like it in theory, but it’s rubbing you wrong.” Tuned smartly to the political opacity of the present, Twerp Verse rings clear as a bell.
Empath
Empath
Warm earth noise pop from Philadelphia.
Modern Moxie
Modern Moxie
Modern Moxie is an indie pop/rock band based in Charlotte, NC. Hailing from a small South Carolina town, multi-instrumentalist Madison Lucas took up songwriting in college, mostly confined to her dorm room closet. By 2011, she found herself with enough songs to make an album, and wanting to move forward with her musical endeavors, teamed up with producer Kenny McWilliams (Archer Avenue Studio) and Dave Harris (Studio B Mastering) to release her first effort entitled the bedroom ep.

With a well-produced physical copy of her greatest embarrassments and triumphs proudly in tow, Lucas and her acoustic guitar began driving hours out of town to perform at open mics, slowly learning to shake off the terror of being so uniquely vulnerable in front of complete strangers. She found a world of support and an unexpected opportunity to create among like-minded musicians which prompted a move to Charlotte, NC. By 2013, Lucas had found a partner in crime, bassist Harry Kollm (Time Sawyer, Asleep in the Weeds, Jon Linker Band), who’s varied veteran experience propelled Lucas to get serious about forming a full band, thus bringing Modern Moxie into existence.

Lucas and Kollm spent the next four years going through a series of line-up changes, working together to capture Lucas’ essential drive to get the melodies she heard inside herself out into the open. The duo spent this time kinetically writing, correcting, and transforming dozens of original songs, performing now and again, but mostly keeping Modern Moxie as a side project. After marrying in late 2017, Lucas and Kollm spent their first year as husband and wife recording sporadically with the bedroom ep producer, Kenny McWilliams, to create an LP together, a labor of love called Claw Your Way Out.
Late-night at a 4th of July party among fellow musician friends, Lucas eagerly shared a newly recorded song, “Light + Sound”. Guitarist Phil Pucci (Pullover, Serfs, Landless, Ernie) was instantly smitten by Modern Moxie’s knack for song structure which had their signature effervescent pop melodies floating over the distorted fuzz of angst-ridden guitar. Pucci (who coincidentally officiated the couple’s marriage) joined Modern Moxie shortly after hearing the track and brought along original Serfs drummer Charlie Weeks to complete the current and solidified line up. Years in the making, Claw Your Way Out is a celebration record, triumphantly bursting with hilarious and moving self-reflection.
Venue Information:
Neighborhood Theatre
511 East 36th Street
Charlotte, NC, 28205
http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/

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