Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The 2kDozen 500: #335 - Savages, "I Am Here EP"

So the hot band get nothing but hotter. Tracks leaking out, every now and then. And now a live EP - two tracks from a show in Nottingham and two from Bristol. That seems a strange move. That's more of a contractual filler of a move of a band much further on down the road.

They sound pretty intensive and fiery. The oddness of their single in the summer has been subsumed by big flames. It sounds like watching Snub TV footage used to feel: lively and theatrical and essential. "I Am Here" is big on the drums, heart-quickening drums. The whole spirals up and up. Then "Husbands" closes proceedings - sounding more like Jello Biafra. Far less sleek than the single. That's all I really have to go on.

There is some area of the imagination that this music prowls about in - like Pixies or The Slits. A part where sex lives and there is blood and full, dark colours and things outside the window. I'm not sure what they are about lyrically on "Give Me A Gun"; but they are hanging around in those dark garages of the soul. All "ill at ease". There's more of an atmosphere than a structure exactly. There's less for me to latch on to; but it's powerful.

I want to see them live.

Rating: Quick Heart out of Dark Garages

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