Submitted by skylarkingmatt on 23 May 2013 - 7:30pm
What's it called?:
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.