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New York’s Les Savy Fav has come back six years after 2001’s Go Forth hitting hard, with fresh energy, a new voice, and a focus that nails what the band has long aimed for. (Friends from bands such as Enon and Black Heart Procession make appearances here, providing additional character and texture to the endeavor.) They’ve succeeded on Let’s Stay Friends (their fourth studio album), and the title is a nod to the themes at work here: integrity, loyalty, and following one’s heart/gut. “Pots and Pans” opens like a simple rock song, no hardcore/post-punk angst in site, Harrington’s voice calmly narrating the saga of a beaten-down band hanging on to their dream, while the drums slowly roll out the foundation, and guitars twinkle and cartwheel. There’s something a little fantastical about the song, recalling the Flaming Lips at moments. But then, with the slightest pause, the band kicks into the raging “The Equestrian,” all Les Savy Fav punk passion. These opening tracks set the tone for a work comprised of both sweet and savory, of thoughtfully controlled force ... a work of great reward for the listener.

Customer Reviews

a great listen as always

i own all there albums and they are all awsome but at the same time they dont seem to change there structure much throughout the years and with the long hiatis i want more from them there live shows are super sweet!

Let's stay friends forever

Even if you never heard about Les Savy Fav before, this album will make a believer for the initiate. The band is known for their raw and energetic performance, if you never seen them in concert, give it a try, it will be one you will never forget (especially when Tim starts to strip down to his skivvies and go down on the crowds, quite interactive). I find that this album shows a real growth on the band's sound, 6 years is a long time, and you can hear it in their music. Tim Harringtons actually sings on this album, the songs are a welcome change, a lot more playful and enjoyable, it grows on you on repeat listening. Entertainment Weekly gave them an A-, and an 8.3 from Pitchfork. I hope they will release Patty Lee as their next single (you can find the video on YouTube), the guitar work on this song is amazing, reminds you of New Order in the 80s, a real classic. I recommend to download Pots and Pans, Patty Lee, and What Wolves Do?.

i really like this, i really do.

im so excited about this record. its a little more mature than previous les savy fav and maybe that sounds like a bad thing, but its quite the opposite. there are just some absolutely brilliant and beautiful moments on this album.


Formed: 1995 in Providence, RI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Playing sharp but engaging post-hardcore with complex melodic lines, edgy guitar figures, and plenty of eccentric wit (their name, for instance, sounds French, but doesn't mean anything), Les Savy Fav were formed in 1995 by five friends attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Vocalist Tim Harrington, guitarists Seth Thom Jabour and Gibb Slife, bassist Syd Butler, and drummer Patrick Mahoney began making music together during downtime from their studies, and they spent two years playing clubs...
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