Posted in music | pictures on October 18, 2012

photos by Gretchen Robinette; words by Bill Pearis

Savages @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012
Savages

It is safe to say that neo-post-punk group Savages are probably the most hotly-tipped band at this year's CMJ Festival and apparently have U.S. labels falling over each other trying to sign the band. I am a fan of what I've heard of the London four-piece, and love their musical touchstones (early Echo & the Bunnymen, PiL, Bauhaus, etc) so I was pre-disposed to like them, but was a bit wary of the hype. After catching them at their U.S. debut last night at Glasslands (10/17, part of Stereogum's CMJ showcase) I am an official Savages Kool-Aid drinker. They knocked me out.

While they certainly look the part, the live show is what brings the goods. (No wonder their first official release is a live EP.) Anchored/powered by bassist Ayse Hassan on phenomenal drummer Fay Milton, Savages were an absolute force with wailer Jehnny Beth leading the charge with a stage presence that is both static and incredibly intense, somewhat reminiscant of Wild Beasts' Hayden Thorpe. (Guitarist Gemma Thompson colored in the lines, alternating between blasting riffs and more ethereal textures.) With all the cameras going off, it's hard to forget where you are but about halfway through the "Flying to Berlin" I went over the wall and lost in the groove.

You have a few more chances to see Savages, including our free Friday BV day party at Public Assembly (10/19) where they play at 2:30 PM in the front room. They'll play tonight at House of Vans (RSVP is closed) Friday night at Mercury Lounge as well, and Saturday afternoon (10/20, 5:30 PM) at Pianos for the Bowery Presents day party (free).

Savages setlist and more pictures from last night's Glasslands show are below, and we'll have pics from the rest of the night (Dum Dum Girls, Guards and more) soon.

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Setlist: Savages @ Glasslands, 10/17/2012
City's Full
I Am Here
Another War
Strife
Waiting for a Sign
Flying to Berlin
Shut Up
She Will
Husbands

Savages - 2012 Tour Dates
10/18: NYC @ House of vans, 9.15pm
10/19: NYC @ Brooklyn Vegan show @ Public Assembly, 2.30pm
10/19: NYC @ Mercury Lounge, midnight
10/20: NYC @ Pianos, 5.30pm
10/26: LONDON @ Queen Elizabeth Hall w/ Crime and the City Solution
11/02: NIJMEGEN, Netherlands @ Doornroosje
11/03: AMSTERDAM, Netherlands @ Paradiso, London Calling festival
11/04: UTRECHT, Netherlands @ Ekko
11/06: BIRMINGHAM @ The rainbow
11/07: MANCHESTER @ Gorilla
11/08: BRIGHTON @ Paganini Ballroom
11/09: PARIS @ La boule noire, Festival Les Inrocks

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Tags: CMJ, Savages

Comments (20)

I liked SAVAGES when they were called The HORRORS

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:02 PM

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/music/savages/glasslands/8.jpg


Early preparation for the gay bath house festivities! Open wide! LULZYLULZ!

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:05 PM

Lead singer reminds me of a younger Siouxsie Sioux.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:07 PM

If you can't groove to "Flying to Berlin" you need to stop listening to music.

Amazing band - the real deal.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:11 PM

"If you can't groove to "Flying to Berlin" you need to stop listening to music.
Amazing band - the real deal."


Fuck you. You know shit, fucker.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:17 PM

4:05 - The singer is a woman jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:20 PM

4:07 - Kinda sounds like that too.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:25 PM

sounds like siouxsie sioux with the horrors playing guitar... i guess the labels could get this on some warped tour comps and placement in a vampire movie?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 4:36 PM

4:17 is upset his mom won't let him out and ride his bike.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 5:02 PM

I really enjoy Savages they are an outstanding all girl group whose superiority and power shines.This talented band produce amazing spine tingling music, that rocks me to the core,there is no other band around who i can say that about, forgot the red lipstick and short skirts, this is a new and different all girl band ready to storm, this is what i call awesome girl power.Watching them live is incredible.

Posted by Terry Smyth | October 18, 2012 5:29 PM

Who are these dudes?

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 6:03 PM

Terry Smyth 5:29 - I like this band too and was there last night but please tell me you're a ringer. Your comment literally sounds like a bad press release.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 6:06 PM

Best and original music band at Glasslands last night was by far,Savages.

Posted by Anonymous | October 18, 2012 6:17 PM

i liked Savages more when they din't exist!

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2012 7:42 AM

4:20: lesbo simulation of your night, then, riight?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2012 9:19 AM

original music, 6:17?

Posted by Anonymous | October 19, 2012 12:02 PM

Theres about maybe 10 interesting metal bands who have been around for a while out 10,000 or so that pop up every 50 mints lately.

Posted by Download Yahoo Messenger | December 10, 2012 8:11 PM

looks like the singer is wearing Skeletoes

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2013 11:51 AM

barefoot bands go home

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2013 12:17 PM

This is a great punk band.

Posted by catering winnipeg | July 9, 2013 3:41 PM

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