Hear Speedy Ortiz's Catchy New Song 'The Graduates'

Band preps April release of new album 'Foil Deer' with ornate vocals and elaborate storytelling

Speedy Ortiz blend grunge riffs with catchy earworms on new track "The Graduates."

Massachusetts quartet Speedy Ortiz have released "The Graduates," the second single from their upcoming full-length Foil Deer. Like first single "Raising the Skate," the new track finds the foursome retreading the off-kilter, hypercatchy pop-rock that made their previous LP, 2013’s Major Arcana, a critical favorite. On the new track, the vocal layers are more ornate, the storytelling more elaborate and the instrumentation richer and more complex.

The group's penchant for lovable-loser subject matter persists: "I was the best at being second place, but now I’m just the runner-up," frontwoman Sadie Dupuis laments of the love interest with whom she was a "French Club drop-out" and then a "law school reject."

The track incorporates grunge grunge riffs that, when combined with Dupuis’ audible situational frustration, sound ripped from the Nineties underground – not exactly sugary but still an undeniable earworm. Though "The Graduates" is slower and more self-deprecating than "Raising the Skate" – which found Dupuis declaring, "I’m not bossy, I’m the boss" – when taken in tandem, the two new tracks reveal a flashier side of Speedy Ortiz than the one that made Major Arcana.

Foil Deer follows up last year’s four-song Real Hair EP, and is set for release on April 21st; "The Graduates" is available for instant download with any iTunes pre-order of the album. Speedy Ortiz kicks off a nationwide tour on April 22nd in Boston.