Silence Yourself by Savages on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

London's Savages obsess over a time when bands represented points of view beyond simply making pleasing pop tunes. Comparisons to Gang of Four, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, Wire, and other first-rate early post-punks have been frequent, with critics also noting that the all-female Savages have a distinct sound and fury of their own. Singer and frontwoman Jehnny Beth garners the most attention, as her lyrics are less songs than manifestos that may mean more or less than we assume. Yet it's hard to deny this seriousness when the band's sense of drama adds up to the scale-ascending turbulence of "Shut Up," the clang-and-bang maelstrom of "No Face," and even the slow-moving piano-goth tribute "Marshal Dear." The band has had a lot of early media hype, which is a lot to live up to. But if Gemma Thompson can continue to uncover guitar riffs as illuminating as "She Will" and Ayse Hassan can brazenly pummel her bass without apology and Fay Milton can define and derail the rhythms, well, what the future brings will be worth hearing. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

London's Savages obsess over a time when bands represented points of view beyond simply making pleasing pop tunes. Comparisons to Gang of Four, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, Wire, and other first-rate early post-punks have been frequent, with critics also noting that the all-female Savages have a distinct sound and fury of their own. Singer and frontwoman Jehnny Beth garners the most attention, as her lyrics are less songs than manifestos that may mean more or less than we assume. Yet it's hard to deny this seriousness when the band's sense of drama adds up to the scale-ascending turbulence of "Shut Up," the clang-and-bang maelstrom of "No Face," and even the slow-moving piano-goth tribute "Marshal Dear." The band has had a lot of early media hype, which is a lot to live up to. But if Gemma Thompson can continue to uncover guitar riffs as illuminating as "She Will" and Ayse Hassan can brazenly pummel her bass without apology and Fay Milton can define and derail the rhythms, well, what the future brings will be worth hearing. 

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About Savages

The all-female post-punk four-piece Savages recall the tenacity and more artistic movements of London's punk heyday with their blistering sound and noisy guitars. Hailing from the English capital, they formed at the end of 2011 after guitarist Gemma Thompson and singer Camille Berthomier -- known as Jehnny Beth -- had procrastinated over a name and starting a band until they eventually settled on Savages and set to work writing songs. Soon after, Ayse Hassan joined on bass and Fay Milton completed the lineup on drums. Soon after their formation, Savages performed their first show in January 2012, supporting rock outfit British Sea Power. They were then picked up by Sigur Rós manager John Best and released a double-A-side single, Flying to Berlin/Husbands, through indie label Pop Noir. The single attracted attention from various music publications, where they were favorably compared to luminaries Public Image Ltd., Siouxsie and the Banshees, and PJ Harvey. Further raucous live performances ignited the band's rise, with a successful appearance at the New York-based CMJ Music Marathon and on Later...With Jools Holland in the U.K. A whirlwind year was capped off with the quartet's nomination for the BBC Sound of 2013 award. Another single, I Am Here, was also released in 2012, and Savages partnered with Matador Records to release their debut album, Silence Yourself, in May 2013. The band followed it up with their 2016 release Adore Life, which drew comparison to Swans, Soundgarden, and once again, PJ Harvey. Alongside recording this second record, the tail-end of 2015 and start of 2016 proved to be a busy time for the group as frontwoman Jehnny Beth recorded with Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and the band covered Eagles of Death Metal in the wake of the November 2015 Paris terror attacks. ~ Scott Kerr

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    Oct 2011

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