Speedy Ortiz are back with their first new single in five years.
Engineered and mixed by Illuminati Hotties’ Sarah Tudzin, and recorded at Joshua Tree’s Rancho de la Luna and El Paso’s Sonic Ranch, ‘Scabs’ is out now via Wax Nine.
“Living in progressive cities and working in the arts, you meet peers doing tremendous organizing work. And then there are neighbors who signal their ‘good’ politics through yard signs alone,” says Sadie Dupuis. “I wrote ‘Scabs’ standing in line at the post office, overhearing customers berate a USPS employee. This was during a time of postal unions-opposed budget cuts and other major issues for mail handlers, which were widely reported on. People advertising their support for essential workers acted conversely when faced with personal inconvenience. The song became more widely about self-designated ethicists who don’t quibble about crossing a picket line for individual benefit.”
Check it out below.