Posts Tagged ‘Savages’

Bashan

Gemma Thompson, perhaps best known for her work in British rock band Savages, is one of the most inventive guitarists of her generation. In performance, she can be seen wrestling her instrument with the kind of looseness that comes from having complete faith in her ability; her style is a delicate tangle of feedback, reverb, and ostinato. In Savages, her guitar leads are threaded together with her bandmates on bass, vocal, and drums to form structured rock ‘n’ roll songs. But her most recent experiments with sound have freed her from those constraints.

In a studio and at her apartment in Leipzig, Germany this past summer, Thompson spent several months experimenting with different guitar frequencies, with the goal of letting the sounds lead the songwriting. She wanted to find an audible way to describe landscapes, using the way it travels to represent different physical formations: cliffs, rocks, waves. The results of these experiments, recorded with her partner Sam Sherry of the band A Dead Forest Index, are presented as four unique compositions, written as complementary to one another. They offer a journey into the mind of an artist who’s passionate about finding new ways to interpret sound.

For Bashan—EP1Thompson took cues from several projects she’d recorded with Savages, as well as a film score she was asked to record for a documentary about Dennis Hopper. Using those as a launching pad, she set about to create something she wanted to listen to, that also reflected her desire to expand the scope of her work.

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Savages roared rock with class. These four female musicians based in London unleashed a racy style of music indeed, full of fever and tension .

The Franco-British training is carried by Jehnny Beth, who answers to the name of Camille Berthomier to the the French – some have also heard Jehn in duo John & Jehn -she shows an androgynous and cheeky look, in a perfect embodiment of the music of the quartet: elegant and fascinating, yet almost threatening.

Savages had caused a stir in 2013 with their debut “Silence Yourself” , an album of rare intensity. After recording during last summer the band released this year  new album “Adore Life”. For this session, the Savages fill the Studio 204 with all their aggressiveness. A private concert where the fire smoldering under the ice

filmed on 16/02/2016 – (31 minutes)

From arteTVconcert

Setlist:
Mechanics
I Need Something New
The Answer
Hit me
Adore

Adore Life

We have a lot of love for Savages. As forerunners in the recent renaissance in alternative music, they put themselves out on a limb while others lacked the courage to risk the fall. Their amazing live outings were mirrored by an inventiveness in their sound that lifted them head and shoulders above their contemporaries. Before they had recorded their first album, we had marked them as the best show in town and the release of the excellent Silence Yourself in 2013 only served to confirm this.

Thankfully, their pioneering approach became infectious and over the past few years a large number of fine new bands have emerged, leaving their erstwhile mentors in the strange position for young musicians of being veterans in a rapidly expanding field.
It has taken Savages a fair while to follow up on their debut; long gone are the days when artists would release a quality album every year and the four-piece appear not to have had much downtime in a hectic schedule. Perhaps this left them playing catch-up, for Adore Life bears the hallmark of a group keen to get new recordings out without perhaps taking the time to thoroughly explore the distant boundaries of the realm of possibility. The ten-track, thirty-nine minute collection is a punchy one, more capturing the live essence of Savages than embracing the spirit of exploration that helped infuse Silence Yourself with such delightful subtleties and daring. It’s almost brutal in its attack and, despite dropping in a couple of slower moments, the pressure is unlifting. Soundwise, there is no escaping the fact that Jehnny Beth sounds like Siouxsie Sioux and much of Adore Life could have come from mid-period Banshees, though Savages always wear fewer disguises and perhaps lack some guile. Gemma Thompson’s guitars crash and occasionally wail, but never take charge, leaving the voice dominant, and drummer Fay Milton probably added a few muscles in the record’s making but she is immersed in the assault rather than revelling in the opportunity to dance around it. On the other hand, bassist Ayse Hassan thrives in the record’s rumbustiousness and lays down some marvellous patterns that only underline her position as one of the great bassists of the modern era.

By no stretch of the imagination is this a bad record, but there is no escaping the faint feeling of disappointment that Savages haven’t taken things further; they haven’t pushed enough and always want to punch instead of cajole and allure. When they hit the spot on the shining ‘Slowing Down The World’, they sound untouchable and there are highlights throughout, but there is a little too much journeying going on without enough effort to take in the views.

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Savages are Jehnny Beth, Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan and Fay Milton.
Savages are among the nominees for this year’s StubHub Q Awards 2016 in association with Absolute Radio for best band of the year. “Dream Baby Dream” is a song by the electro-punk band Suicide, written by its members Martin Rev and Alan Vega.  It was originally released as a single in 1979 by Island Records and produced by Ric Ocasek. It has been covered by many artists both live and in a studio.

Savages

Savages, recorded live during the BBC 6 Music Festival in Bristol February 12th.

In any event, Bristol has become the musical center of the universe for that weekend, with a three day festival celebrating a wide swath of current musical offerings, to the tune of some 100+ bands, playing at just about every venue throughout the small English town.

Tonight it’s Savages, the Female Punk/Post-Punk/Experimental/Noise conglomerate currently making huge waves in critical and audience circles all around Europe, and have been doing it since 2012.

When I first came in contact with Savages, I thought they were a French band. Mostly because I heard them via a French Festival somewhere outside of Paris a few years ago, broadcast by the RFI Station Le Mouv, and because their lead singer, Jehnny Beth is French and was speaking to the audience in French – I naturally assumed. They were, in a word; intense uncompromising, unflinching and anything but genteel. Not that I expected them to sound like a toss between Holeand Sleater-Kinney, but I wasn’t really expecting a hardcore sonic assault on the most raw level – they were different.

They are not for all tastes – and, from what I have been reading and hearing, a band you either love or hate – they seem impervious to apathy – and frankly, I like that in a band – music you listen to, not at. And Savages do an excellent job at effortlessly holding you hostage for the length of their set. They make for compelling listening

But Savages are just a sampling of the vast number of bands currently performing in Bristol during this festival. Because it’s sponsored by BBC 6 Music, they are running the festival (as much as possible) live, over the entire weekend. Sadly, it won’t be possible to hear everyone playing. But what we are getting is certainly worth the price of admission, and you have to hand it to the BBC for taking the time and the effort to bring such a wide array of talent live from the stage to the rest of the world.
I only wish there were more like them.

The Danish master of dark electronica is set to return with a new album in September, Trentemøller is back, promising to deliver his much anticipated fourth full length album in just a few months time. Fixion will be the name of the record, and will neatly follow on from where the artist’s 2013 release Lost left off, set to be a “uniquely atmospheric and darkly romantic” successor to the rest of Anders Trentemøller’s acclaimed back catalogue.

Getting the excitement rolling, Trentemøller has also announced that Jehnny Beth vocalist of the band Savages fame will feature on two of the album’s tracks, the first of which, ‘River In Me’.

“I’ve been a huge Savages fan since their debut record…” says Trentemøller. “She has this really intense and unique voice and it ended up being really challenging, and fun, to take that voice out of the Savages’ universe and into mine.”

‘River In Me’ is the first single from the new album ‘Fixion’

This concert video, filmed in March before a sold-out crowd at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., the London band Savages is by turns tender and ferocious as it showcases tracks from its latest album, Adore Life. Savages’ lead singer Jehnny Beth is a revelation: Even as she challenges the audience to match the group’s energy from every corner of the stage — as well as catapulting herself onto the audience at one point — it’s Beth’s emotional, life-affirming lyrics that leave the strongest impression.

See for yourself: Savages’ U.S. tour begins on July 15.

SET LIST
  • “I Am Here”
  • “Sad Person”
  • “City’s Full”
  • “Slowing Down The World”
  • “Shut Up”
  • “She Will”
  • “Husbands”
  • “Surrender”
  • “Evil”
  • “When In Love”
  • “I Need Something New”
  • “The Answer”
  • “Hit Me”
  • “No Face”
  • “T.I.W.Y.G.”
  • “Mechanics”
  • “Adore”
  • “F******”

Savages perform “Sad Person” on Later… with Jools Holland, BBC Two (3 May 2016)

The exciting quartet have confirmed their position as one of the most important bands in Britain right now with their recent performance on the BBC2 show Later With Jools Hollandand delivered a wondrous performance of ‘Sad Person’.

Taken form their recent LP “Adore Life” the band stole the show with their vitriolic and impassioned performance. Hitting notes like a jack hammer, without missing a single beat, Jehnny Beth and Co showed their mettle with the triumphant show.

Only when the band are seen live does their ferociousness and decisiveness really shine through. It is this courage of conviction which shows SAVAGES as something far greater than ‘just a band’ – they’re on a mission and they can now count Later With Jools Hollandas a conquered territory.

London rockers Savages perform a song off of their latest album “Adore Life.”

Savages continue to win the hearts and minds of the world, this time with a performance of their enigmatic track ‘Adore’ from their recent LP Adore Life.

Jehnny Beth and co. keep the potency seen in their recent domination of London’s Roundhouse and send a chill down the airwaves to all that were watching this spine-tingling performance.

To be honest, we have yet to see a performance from Savages that wasn’t in some way spine tingling.

Savages release their towering, fearsome sophomore album Adore Life, and you should go cop that. Last night, the band proved why. They rolled through Jimmy Kimmel Live, making a whole lot of noise and looking like very fashionable wraiths. On the show proper, they howled through “The Answer,” and as an online bonus, they did the quieter but somehow more intense “Adore.” On both songs, they absolutely slayed. Watch both performances below.