Speedy Ortiz, “Raising the Skate”

Niccolo Porcello

Speedy Ortiz have released a video for “Raising the Skate“, one of the punchiest tracks off of their recent Foil Deer. The video, directed by Casey Herz, depicts a particularly macabre evening dinner party in a large and spooky house. The three non-Dupuis members of Speedy all succumb to various downfalls the house has to offer: there are deaths by pool cue, killer spaghetti(!?), and a bowie knife of sorts. Dupuis has stated that the video is a direct reference to Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s cult classic Hausu, but visually, the video looks something like a Refn film, which is to say its all reds and blues and greens, all strikingly saturated. It’s a band-dinner murder mystery night gone wrong—goofy enough to be fun to watch but well enough made that its clear the video wasn’t a throwaway. Having Dupuis be the only one that makes it out alive is a nice touch, especially considering the subject matter of “Raise the Skate”—she is “the boss, the caller of the shots,”and sometimes that means having to kill your zombified drummer! It happens.

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You can watch the video above. Foil Deer is out now.

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