PREVIEW: Savages & Palma Violets
Despite having been together less than a year and only having played their first gig in January this year, Savages have already whipped bloggers into a frenzy.
As an all-female group they’ve rather predictably been compared to the riot-grrrl movement, but there’s a composure to Savages’ sound which, with the creeping funkiness of Ayse Hassan’s bass-playing, places them much closer to post-punk-era bands like PiL, Gang Of Four and Magazine.
However, that’s not to say that their influences are limited; Gemma Thompson’s guitar work on new single Flying To Berlin bears a passing resemblance to John Barry’s theme for The Ipcress File. Savages make for an intriguing live proposition, too, taking their visual cues from film noir and giving a platform to frontwoman Jehnny Beth’s intense, fidgety performance style.
The intense excitement around Savages means their forthcoming gig at The Cluny in Newcastle on Friday 27th July will most likely be more packed than a particularly busy sardine tin, and has made this gig arguably one of the most talked-about and highly–anticipated shows of the summer.
- ALBUM REVIEW: Savages – Silence Yourself