To celebrate the release of their awesome debut album "Silence Yourself", post-punk quartet Savages played a storming 30-minute in-store set at London’s Rough Trade East record shop. As luck would have it, we were in the UK capital over the past weekend to attend the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ curated I’ll Be Your Mirror event (live review coming soon!) and, of course, we wouldn’t miss this unique opportunity to catch live one of the hottest new bands around, even if it meant buying two copies of their album in order for the both of us to get wristbands for the show (if anybody’s interested in our spare copy, drop us a line - it comes with the rare bonus live EP "I Am Here"!).
As they say, seeing is believing and, believe me, it didn’t take more than one song for the band to win us over and convince us that all the fuss surrounding them at the moment is not just media hype - Savages are the real thing! Singer Jehnny Beth has the voice of Siouxsie Sioux and the movements of Ian Curtis, guitarist Gemma Thompson plays riffs that cut like a knife and the rhythm section, consisting of bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton, is simply incredible, propelling the songs with Gang Of Four-meets-Au Pairs punk-funk precision and power. Savages are not trying to reinvent post punk. They know how to harness the medium’s power and use it to make stunning music that can stand its ground next to the best that this genre has offered us over the last three decades.
Savages played: City's Full, No Face, I Am Here, Strife, Waiting For A Sign, Shut Up, She Will, Husbands
Savages - No Face, live @ Rough Trade East
If you can’t be there to one of the band’s upcoming gigs, today is your opportunity to see them live through a webstream of their headline London show at the Ministry Of Sound nightclub (Thursday 9th May at 9pm GMT / 4pm EST / 1pm PST). Click here in just a few hours to watch history in the making!
|Savages, live @ Rough Trade East, London (May 6, 2013)|