I’ve been enjoying Savages’ rather fine debut single from last year ‘Flying To Berlin’/’Husbands’ for quite some time so it was rather a shock to discover that I hadn’t actually written about the band yet.
So, I can take no credit for discovering them, and am probably not so much a bandwagon-jumper as a johnny-come-lately. I mean, they played their first gig as long ago as January 2012!
…actually, that’s pretty recent when you think about it, isn’t it? And The Guardian wrote about them last year that Jehnny Beth (vocals), Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums) and Gemma Thompson (guitar) might actually be the first guitar band in ages worth caring about.
They evoke the best of post-punk scene of the last seventies and early eighties – but they sound fresh and vital. And when so much guitar music often just seems like a stake rehash, that’s a very good thing. Comparisons have been drawn with Siouxise and the Banshees and the Slits, neither of which I would disagree with, though to these ears the band they most remind me of is The Au Pairs. With a nod to the Raincoats.
This is the b-side of the debut single from last year:
The band are now signed to Matador and their debut album Silence Yourself will be released on May 6. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Shut Up
2. I Am Here
3. City’s Full
5. Waiting For A Sign
6. Dead Nature
7. She Will
8. No Face
9. Hit Me
11. Marshal Dear
‘She Will’ is available digitally now, check it out below: