Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 3: Savages

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

It’s Jehnny Beth’s world, we just live in it. Or at least it was for fifty minutes, when Savages commanded the Bigfoot stage and the massive crowd in front of it. A post-punk band with an unapologetically austere aesthetic and ethos, anyone who thought the English quartet wouldn’t seem like prime candidates for conquering a sunny festival stage would have underestimated Beth, inarguably one of the best frontpeople of any active live band. Unwaveringly steely-eyed and composed as she strutted on the stage, crowdsurfing, running through the audience, or standing on top of a (completely willing) audience member as she led her band through an impeccable set drawing from their two fantastic albums, 2013’s Silence Yourself and this year’s Adore Life. “Thank you for coming to see us. We know that you have many choices at this festival,” Beth slyly said at the foot of the catwalk before jumping into “I Need Something New”. “If you’re bored,” she glared into the crowd, “leave”. Tellingly, nobody moved an inch, at least until the first note of the subsequent guitar riff, when they dove forward to reach the diving frontwoman.

photo by Brittany Feenstra (view set)

photo by Brittany Feenstra

photo by Brittany Feenstra

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Brittany Feenstra

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

photo by Brittany Feenstra

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