With their stage sweat barely dry KINSHIP ambushed lead singer Sadie Dupuis and got the scoop after their first ever east London show. Hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts, this is Speedy Ortiz.
"It was a character from a comic book I was reading at the time by the Hernandez brothers called ‘Love and Rockets’. It’s actually pronounced (speedy or-teez), and the issue of the comic I was reading at the time was called ‘The Death of Speedy Ortiz’. I thought it’d be pretty funny to name the band after this and so then we went on to name our first album after that issue.
KINSHIP: So, how’s the tour coming along?
Sadie: “Yes, yeah, so surprising. I mean it’s the first time we’ve toured the UK and it’s great we’ve got a bunch of sold out shows. I love doing gigs like this too, it’s really really fun and the the crowd have been pretty great tonight.”
KINSHIP: Are there any British bands you aspire to and would want to play with at some point?”
Sadie: “Yeah definitely, we really want to play with the Cheatahs. We’ve tweeted them a couple of times haha so maybe at least we could hang out with them sometime.”
KINSHIP: “Who would you say are your biggest inspirations?”
Sadie: “Well, we love Blur, I mean they’ve definitely had a pretty big impact on us I suppose.” The UK as a whole is pretty inspirational. The music scene and the venues. Most of them are really great, but we can’t play at some because I actually have a really bad allergy to cigarette smoke. It burns my eyes and I get really nauseous from it, and so we played this gig once and people were smoking and that was pretty bad as even if i’m surrounded by it for like ten minutes I end up throwing up a couple of hours later. So yeah that’s pretty hard and annoying!”
Words and Image: Jess McGill