Live Video: Savages

photo by Brittany Bollay

More than a band, Savages is an idea. Guitarist Gemma Thompson said it herself during an in-studio session at KEXP: “We had the idea originally and wanted to put everything we’d all accumulated individually into creating a performance that had a sonic representation of the name Savages.” Their deliberate intention tends to separate them from many of their contemporaries and actually puts them closer in touch with their inspirations (like Joy Division, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure and Wire), so it’s not surprising Savages spent a year developing their ferocious live attack before successfully solidifying their sound on album. When they arrived at KEXP, they told us that this would be Savages first performance live on the air in the U.S. If they were nervous, you’d never know it, as they ripped through four songs from Silence Yourself with elegant brutality. (see also at NPR Music)

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