Speedy Ortiz never come up short when you’re looking for something new to fall in love with. The Boston indie rock group are known just as much for their Pavement-like song structures as they are for frontwoman Sadie Dupuis’ razor-sharp lyrics. But they don’t stop there. Their music videos track basement wrestling adventures, supernatural images, and life-sized rabbits storming a diner via drugs. Today, they’re tacking another video onto that list and it’s arguably their best yet.
In “Raising the Skate”, Speedy Ortiz drive out to an abandoned house for a blood-soaked visit that recalls the 1977 Japanese cult horror film Hausu. The campy horror clip sees all sorts of victims and deaths, from poison to stabbings to, well, we won’t spoil it. Just keep your eyes peeled for the Suspiria nods, too. Director Casey Herz has a tight grip on camera angles and clean editing. There’s not a single moment wasted in the video as Herz jams it full of suspense and cheeky gore, plus some excellent over-the-shoulder shots. At first, it seems like the video is all too distanced from Dupuis’ defiant lyrics (the effortlessly quaote-able “I’m not bossy/ I’m the boss”). Keep watching. As the events unfold, her confidence and leadership role prove more solid.
“A ‘final girl’ horror trope fit well with the song’s lyrics about a woman asserting herself to cast off the haters and naysayers,” Dupuis told WIRED when discussing the music video. “I guess the idea of this video is that sometimes your problems seem like a gargantuan homicidal cat monster, but maybe your problems are really more like a regular cuddly LOLcat.”
Good news is there’s no piano in the song. If there was, we might have to worry about them playing the piano to cheer us up. Creepy cat forbid.