“I can’t even get out of bed when it’s raining, much less go to a music festival. So kudos to all of you,” Speedy Ortiz singer Sadie Dupuis thanked a modest crowd at the Fun Fun Fun Fest Orange stage as the Northampton, Mass., band began its midafternoon set. Maybe the kindness of that gesture impressed the weather gods, because by the end of the band’s performance, patches of blue sky had appeared and occasional rays of actual sunlight were illuminating the stage.
Dupuis’ shiny gold jacket radiated in those beams, and her band’s performance brightened the afternoon as well. With an alluring sound that refuses to conform to either major-key gleam or minor-key gloom, Speedy Ortiz draws a refreshingly original sound out of a standard four-piece rock setup.
Dupuis is a compelling singer, with a voice at times reminiscent of 1990s Dutch bandleader Carol van Dijk from Bettie Serveert. She goes for unusual lyric twists, too, peppering the group’s songs with such intriguing lines as “I fell into a trampoline” and “the interstitials that coincide” and “backwater acid bath.”
She’s also a former Austinite, as she revealed when plugging the band’s subsequent signing at the FFF tent staffed by Waterloo Records, where she worked for a bit during her time here. “I also worked at Austin Pizza for one day,” she added with a chuckle.
Though the festival’s early delay cut a few minutes from their set — they started at 2:25 instead of the scheduled 2:20 — Speedy Ortiz took it in stride, with drummer Mike Falcone getting into the spirit by asking, “where’s Taco Guy?” (as the Taco Cannon prepared to blast the crowd after the band finished). May the sun always shine on you, Speedy Ortiz.