Savages

What's it called?: 
Silence Yourself
What does it sound like?: 
Every now and again, this middle-aged male needs to ween himself off his Singer Songwriter and XTC albums. Enter stage left Savages- a London four piece described by the NME as "frottage-inducingly intense". The dreaded "Post Punk Revival" tag has been applied to them, and there is a jaggedness to their sound that transports you back to that bygone age. But I am very taken with Jehnny Beth's voice, that finds the right balance between angst and tenderness. Highlights include brooding opener Shut Up and the quite terrifying Husbands. There is also a clarinet solo on the closing track-which is always nice.
What does it all *mean*?: 
Attitude and commitment count for a lot in new music, but a healthy dose of craft does not go amiss. You will find all of these here- its a real adrenaline rush of a record.
Goes well with …: 
Being stuck in traffic jams in South London. Play it loud enough and it will even drown out that squeaky clutch pedal that has been driving you round the bend for the last week........
Might suit people who like …: 
"The Female Joy Division" is a phrase I have heard several times. They may have a point. Admirers of PJ Harvey and early Siouxsie & The Banshees may fund much to enjoy here too.

Comments

One of my faves of the year so far.

supporting Iggy at Meltdown. Really looking forward to it now. Cheers

'gentler' music lately (thanks, tiggerlion, for a wonderful thread), so I fancied something that would blow off the sleepydust and shatter the calm vibes. This is a spiky, wriggling bag of noise and charm.
Go, girls!

Fancy a bit of this kind of thing. Downloading now! Cheers, Matt.

Nicely done, Matt!

Saw this band in February at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. Absolutely rammed and an amazing gig. John Robb was apparently moved to declare them The Most Important Band In Britain Right Now on the strength of it. The Guardian man was less impressed but that is surely an endorsement...

Enjoy em while they last, recent interviews suggest they may not be around for long... Here's hoping that's wrong, as they're the most exciting band in AGES.

my favourite album of the year so far. Briliant spiky post punk that is, let's face it, more than a little goth.

...detected touches of Bauhaus too I thought, no bad thing....

Would it file under sweaty, raw & visceral? Hope so.

Soz. Sounded just like what I was in the mood for, on paper. In practice, I found it tuneless and samey. Gave it three listens today and each moved me less than the last.

another spin instead, bob. Go on :)

Mr Negative Nancy over here. I'll shut up!

Just thought it might grab you if you gave it another whirl. It might not though!

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