Savages

Savages @ 9:30 Club - 3/27/16

Savages @ 9:30 Club - 3/27/16

Savages released the follow-up to their 2013 debut Silence Yourself recently in the form of Adore Life, a ten-song epic that refines and focuses their post-punk sound. The album has met with nearly universal acclaim, avoiding the sophomore slump that many bands that meet the kind of early success that Savages had often go through. On Easter Sunday, the band brought the new album to the 9:30 Club to a crowd of dedicated fans.

An issue often faced by bands in their early years is a lack of material to sustain a show. The last time that Savages were in town, they faced this; having only one fairly short album and a couple of EPs to draw from led to a quick, abbreviated performance. Even with two albums under their belt, the options are somewhat limited. The band’s solution? Play the new album in its entirety...


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In-your-face post-punk rock. Manifestos. Strict "no phones or cameras" policies at shows. These are a few things associated with one of 2013's most buzzed about bands - Savages.

The London-based female quartet burst onto the music scene earlier this year with the release of their debut album Silence Yourself. Together, frontwoman Jehnny Beth, guitarist Gemma Thompson, bassist Ayse Hassan, and drummer Fay Milton tackle such themes as sexuality and abuse with abrasive realness that's hard to ignore. Silence Yourself's raw energy becomes all the more palpable in the live setting where Savages' "muscular bass riffs, frenetic drumming, impassioned vocals, and angular guitars" command undivided attention.

After a sold out Rock and Roll Hotel show this summer, Savages return to DC on Tuesday, September 10 to play 9:30 Club. For your chance to win tickets to the show, please do one of the following:

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Best Of 2013 (So Far): Justin's Picks

2013 will officially go down as they year I felt old. Not out of touch, per se; I kept up with new music and listened to just as much as I always have. But as every major release came and went, I found myself asking what it was I was missing. People raved about Daft Punk and all I heard was glorified disco. People freaked out about Vampire Weekend and all I heard was grating, cutesy pop that for whatever reason reminded me of those four douchebags singing “Constance Fry” in Trading Places. Worst of all, people flipped their lids about the National – a band that I truly loved at one point – and all I heard was exceedingly dull music that was only appropriate for a therapist’s waiting room. “It grows on you,” people said. So does fungus and flesh-eating bacteria.

All that said, while I seem to have developed a Chunky Kevin-esque “get off my lawn” streak, man there’s been some good music this year. Granted, it’s a bit on the lighter side than my favorite album of last year (and the last five years), Celebration Rock, and two of my ten selections were released just this month, but these are ten of albums I’ll have a hard time bumping from my year-end list.

10.  Savages – Silence Yourself

Yeah, I’m on board. A brilliant amalgamation of blistering punk and 80’s goth sensibilities (a little Mission UK mixed with singer Jehnny Beth’s Siouxsie-sounding caterwaul) make for a furiously wonderful romp.

  

9.  Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park

Perhaps you’ve shied away from this album because of an inherent hate of any country music made after 1990. I get it. But there’s something about these 12 extremely confident, well written tunes that make Musgraves sound much older than her 25 years. This is less Taylor Swift and more John Prine or Lucinda Williams.

 

8.  Speedy Ortiz – Major Arcana

As much as Savages are a throwback to the 80s, Northampton, Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz is a throwback to the 90s. Sadie Dupuis’ vocals channel Liz Phair, or to make a more 90’s reference, Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon. Combined with nift sounds-sloppy-but-is-actually-brilliant rock reminiscent of Pavement or Built to Spill, Major Arcana marks the arrival of a fantastic new band.


Best of 2013 (So Far): Aaron's Picks

10.  Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God

If Erykah Badu moved to a cabin in the wilderness to chop wood and distill spirits while somehow growing a beard in the process, this is the psychedelic folk R&B record she would record when she came back to the grid.  And that is absolutely a compliment to Jim James.  Hell, that’s a compliment to anybody.

9.  Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving accomplish many objectives on their eponymous debut.  One listen (or many) makes it obvious that their intention is to appear, to disappear, to punish, to reward, to compel, to deny, to uplift, to dishearten, and to engage.  Simultaneously.  At high volume.  But mostly they came to rock.  And to help you get some of the smaller items out of your place.  So if you have an end table that needs to be moved, or perhaps a bookshelf or an ottoman you’re not into anymore...  Well, you know who to call.

8.  Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience

Somebody likes old soul records as much as I do.  And that somebody isn’t content to just listen to them and remember when.  No, that somebody decided to make his own classic soul record.  While some were disappointed that The 20/20 Experience wasn’t a continuation of the sounds Justin Timberlake explored to great ends with Timbaland on FutureSex/LoveSounds, my ears found this blend of classic and neo-soul refreshing and inspiring.  I cannot wait to hear volume 2...


Best Of 2013 So Far: Madelyn's Picks

10. Cayucas - Bigfoot

Still searching for the best soundtrack to your summer? Bigfoot is it. From happy-go-lucky opening track “Cayucos” to eponymous album closer “Bigfoot,” Cayucas present eight catchy, summery tunes sure to make your next vacation playlist. And hey, they might put you in such a good mood that you’ll forget about the sweltering heat!

9. Rhye - Woman

Three months after its release, Woman's sensual, eargasm-inducing first track "Open" still blows me away upon each listen. "Open," along with about four other tracks, including "The Fall" and "3 Days," serve as the album's highlights while the remainder are forgettable. Yet, Woman is such a short album that it is easy to listen to on repeat before realizing you have been doing so for hours. With the seductiveness of Woman and their mysteriousness, Rhye have made an impression on the music world, but only time will tell if they stick around long enough to do it again with a second release.

8. Savages - Silence Yourself

This is not yet an album to which I can sing along word-for-word (as tends to be the case with my favorites), but Savages’ debut is almost too in-your-face and harsh for that. Savages are more about the statement they are making through their music and live performances. Between writing manifestos and mandating no phone usage at shows, the ladies of Savages are sure to calculate the band’s each and every move. One thing’s for certain – their abrasiveness has taken the music world by storm and provided a necessary, refreshing realness.


Episode 25: Can't Keep A Good Whitesnake Down


In which the gang contemplates being old enough to rent a car, the place of artifice in rawk, Kevin reveals more music that needs to GTFO his lawn, Paul officially reveals his hatred of fun, and the timelessness of Whitesnake is explored to it's fullest. PLUS!!! We review new music from Deer Hunter, Har Mar Superstar, Mikal Cronin and Savages' highly anticpated debut!

EPISODE 25: Can't Keep A Good Whitesnake Down






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