Speedy Ortiz, Single Player take over Canopy

By Frances Welch

After XXYYXX canceled due to inclement weather, the remaining Friday night music performances of Single Player and Speedy Ortiz were moved to The Canopy Club.

Single Player, a one-man band performed by Sean Neumann, opened for Speedy Ortiz, bringing his albums to life with the inclusion of an additional members: Kamila Glowacki on guitar and supporting vocals, Derrin Coad on bass and Jake Mott on drums.

A few minutes before the set began, the crowd of around 150 seemed small for the festival but it gradually grew larger as time went on.

What seemed like an everlasting first song was actually a mash up of four. Opening with “Graveyard Blues Pt. 1,” which transitioned into “Mary Todd,” “Abbott” and “Older,” Single Player engaged the crowd with their high-energy between bandmates and loud amplification of the guitars. The audience started to show much more enthusiasm with cheers and jumping during the song “21,” a catchy, short and simple crowd pleasure.

Although new to the festival, the band pulled off a tight set, one with great energy and high engagement with the crowd. Being one of the better performances thus far, Single Player definitely made a great impression for an invitation to next year’s festival.

Following their set that ended at 12:45 a.m., Single Player quickly tore down their setup for Speedy Ortiz, who took the stage at 1 a.m.

At this point, the audience became much more congested in the front, with large groups of people dispersed throughout the side seating areas and the balcony above.

Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz frontwomen, had an opening statement before the band started.

“This is a late night for us, this is normally our bedtime,” Dupuis said. “But we’re very excited to be at such a cool festival.”

With the crowd cheering and yelling for them to start, the band opened with heavy distortion that transitioned into “American Horror,” a release off of their 2014 EP, “Real Hair. “

Their distorted, grungy guitar with loud drums re-awoke the dozing crowd. The band stood very close to one another, clearly engaged with each other on a musical level, which resonated through their sound. Their performance was identical to their albums.

“I really like them. I listened to their EP a few times and I loved it. They’re putting on a great show”, said Jon Tracey, a member of the audience and 2014 alumnus.

The clearly ‘90s influenced band made me think of a louder, frontwomen version of Weezer with clever lyrics where the vocals are more of melodic talking rather than full on singing.

Throughout the set, the band segued into each song with heavy distortion, pumping the audience up for what was to come.

A personal favorite of mine, “Basketball,” was performed with the perfectly executed bass line with supporting guitar. It was clear that Speedy Ortiz enjoyed performing this one; the crowd digested their performance energy and no longer resembled a tired group of concertgoers.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with Speedy Ortiz performance. A band I had been wanting to see since their 2012 EP release of “Sports,” I could easily see them again due to their energy and crowd engagement.

Although it is never fun to hear a highly anticipated performer say they’re tired, their fatigue was unrecognizable, and I was lost in every song they performed.

Closing with an extended noisy rock out, I didn’t want their performance to end. I’m sure a majority of the audience wanted to see the highly anticipated XXYYXX, but they definitely made up for its absence.

Overall, the last two acts performed a night of good ‘90s-influenced, indie noise rock. Placing Single Player as an opener for Speedy Ortiz was a great combination and left me feeling like a ‘90s child all over again, ripped jeans and flannel plaid in all.

Frances is a sophomore in Media. She can be reached at [email protected]