May 11, 2013

Savages - Silence Yourself (2013)

Blimey!  There is sense of urgency.  And then there is Savages and their post-punk musical bullet to the brain.  Dark, rapturous, exciting, intriguing, lush, jagged, unapologetic as hell.  Fans of late-era Sleater-Kinney: brace yourself.  Someone somewhere, perhaps a Siouxsie and The Banshees fan, is listening to this record right now having their mind-blown over and over again.  Or a Joy Division die-hard just got handed this recommendation from a trusted music friend and can't stop air-drumming to Silence Yourself.  Then there's me, a huge fan of both of the aforementioned bands, who cannot shut up about Savages and happily allowed them to bring me out of my quasi QuickCrit posting retirement.

Did I mention Savages is comprised of an all-girl 4-piece band from England?  As much as I love chicks with attitude, there's something inexplicably cooler to me about British chicks with attitude.  And don't even get me started on some of the best "don't fuck with me" basslines I've heard in recent memory.  I don't even know what else I could possibly say except listen to this album and draw your own conclusions.  It's just... ridiculous.  In the best way possible.  If you should perhaps, post-listen, feel the sudden urge to grab the first person who annoys you by the lapels and tell them to "sod off," I cannot be held responsible for what could potentially ensue.  As always, listener discretion is advised.

"Shut Up" and "She Will" are great too.  Then again, so is every other song on the album.


Mona said...

Some upcoming tour dates for your listening pleasure:

7/11/13 – Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
7/12/13 – Middle East Downstairs – Cambridge, MA
7/13/13 – Rock N’ Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
7/14/13 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
7/15/13 – La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
7/16/13 – The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
7/20/13 – Pitchfork Music Festival – Chicago, IL
7/21/13 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
7/23/13 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Brett N said...

Thanks for writiing this