Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis gets blood facials with Shamir in video for “<2" — watch

The Speedy Ortiz frontwoman also announces a solo tour


Sad13 — the pop-leaning solo project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman and shred comptroller Sadie Dupuis — continues to be absolutely excellent. She’s already previewed the feminist lean of her debut album Slugger with the consent-pop track “Get A YesNow, she’s delivered “<2”, a track that makes the point that women can be smart even if they like to look fabulous.

“‘<2’ is about choosing to be glossy and caustic,” Dupuis said. “It’s about knowing you’re smart, knowing you’re doused in glitter, and refusing to see these two bits of self-knowledge as conflicting. I still come up against ignoramuses who conflate feminized personal style with anti-intellectualism.”

As for the video itself, it’s one long, loving tribute to YouTube makeup tutorials. Though the procedures get goofier and wilder as the video goes on — including a play on the bagel head craze and a “blood facial” with Shamir, All Dogs’ Amanda Bailey, Field Mouse’s Rachel Browne and Empath’s Emily Shanahan — it clearly comes from a place of love and playfulness. “Undergoing several dissimilar cosmetic transformations fit with the song’s theme of self-determinism, while also celebrating aesthetic mutability. Plus, we wanted to make me look like a reptilian and glue a bagel to my head,” Dupuis explained.

Watch the clip above. In addition to sharing the new video, Sad13 also announced her first-ever solo tour. Check out the dates for that below. Slugger is out November 11th on Carpark Records.

Sad13 Tour Dates 2016:
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilMOCA
11/05 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall (Hassle Fest 8)
11/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBD
11/13 – Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
11/14 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
11/16 – Northampton, MA @ 13 Queen
11/17 – Hamden, CT @ The Space
11/18 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd
11/19- Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
11/21- Cleveland, OH @ Malhall’s
11/22 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
11/23 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/25 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
11/26 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
11/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/28 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/29 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
11/30 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar
12/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
12/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
12/06 – Dallas, TX @ Double Wide
12/07 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
12/09 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
12/10 – Durham, NC @ Pinkhook
12/11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
12/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
12/14 – Boston, MA @ Middle East