Posted in music | pictures on October 23, 2012

photos by Amanda Hatfield & Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Andrew Sacher

Savages at Public Assembly - 10/19/12
BrooklynVegan Friday Day Party

As Bill pointed out in his review of their live debut at the Stereogum showcase, London post-punk band Savages were probably the most hyped band at CMJ 2012. I first encountered their live show at the BrooklynVegan day party on Friday (10/19) and like almost everyone I know who caught them last week has been saying, believe the hype. We knew from the get-go that Savages weren't trying to be the most original band, with a sound overtly indebted to early '80s post-punk and goth rock, but at their shows, they prove that originality isn't everything when you can do it this good.

They play the kind of driving post-punk that has more to do with the genre's punk roots than the romantic new wave side, and they're a powerhouse when they deliver it. Piercing shouts and guitar noise are cemented by a driving rhythm section in exactly the way you want it to sound if you're a fan of this kind of stuff. Unlike fellow Joy Division lovers Merchandise, who are working on transforming a studio project to a live band, Savages have been spending their time establishing themselves a killer live band before they release a record (their only releases so far are a single and a live EP), and that's all you can really ask for from a band whose best trait is being abrasive.

More pictures and a video from Savages' set at the BV day party (sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Sailor Jerry, Mercy, and Raw Revolution) are below...

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Savages - "Another War"/"Husbands" at BV day party at Public Assembly - 10/19/12

(by Amanda)

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(by Dominick)

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Comments (30)

this was really cool, im glad to have been there

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 12:48 PM

Was worth taking an extended lunch break.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 1:05 PM

Stopped by on my coffee break. It was pretty good.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 1:19 PM

i was not impressed.. & i think the guitarist was even bored, no energy

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 1:45 PM

killer bass player, amazing drummer, excellent guitarist, great singer...songs just arent there though.

nice 'now' sound but you wont be thinking about them in a few weeks.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 1:50 PM

Stopped by after the Alt-J street team meeting, these guys were really special!

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 2:05 PM

the bass tone was just fucking impeccable. so awesome

wish they played "Flying to Berlin"

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 2:14 PM

me too. was really hoping for it and bizarre they didn't play it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 2:42 PM

Wannabe Ian Curtis for the Modern Day Gay

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 2:56 PM

It was pretty good.

Posted by шины в минске | October 23, 2012 3:05 PM

they played "flying to berlin" and glasslands and mercury lounge where they got regular length sets. it's fairly long... maybe they just wanted to fit in more songs into a short set.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 3:28 PM

better than the dum dum best coast garage garbage that gets shoved in our faces on a daily basis.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 4:01 PM

1:45 gets impressed only by The Killers.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 4:21 PM

She was joking Pianos during their set there.

Guyz, Pianos is THE most legitimate venue in NYC. Someone please let her know.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 5:03 PM

One of the most interesting and exciting musical acts on the scene, and nobody's paying me to write this. I'm only an intern!

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 5:14 PM

Anyone else remember Subtonix or the Vanishing? No? Well, then. You'll forget about the Savages too.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 7:20 PM

I'm fucking impressed by the Killers. They do a better Joy Division cover than what Savages are trying to ape.

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 9:17 PM

Savages are worse than the Vanishing! HOW DARE YOU EVEN MENTION THE KILLERS!

Posted by Anonymous | October 23, 2012 9:25 PM

Wasn't impressed by the Killers the first time I saw them. I was expecting an Iron Maiden tribute band with the same name.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2012 1:07 AM

Ha! They were fucking awesome.

Posted by Lou | October 29, 2012 8:13 AM

I was shocked with delight, visually and acoustically Savages are a brain grenade,I'm A fan and after checking out their Facebook page,even more so.A Rocking,indie,Punk band.

Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2012 8:35 AM

^PR machine spambot trying to drive traffic to the band's Facebbok page.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 10:41 AM

Savages are

WORTHLESS

USELESS

WORTHLESS

USELESS

COWARDS

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 11:10 AM

I want to put my pee-pee deep in Savages singer's bum-bum.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2012 12:26 PM

Looks like the next Savages band show is going to be an eye opener,or should I say a eye-waterier.

Posted by Anonymous | October 31, 2012 3:46 PM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by Romantic images | November 13, 2012 11:55 AM

Theres about maybe 10 interesting metal bands who have been around for a while out 10,000 or so that pop up every 5 mins lately.

Posted by Download Skype 2013 | December 10, 2012 7:54 PM

the festival loses tons of appeal if they leave the polo grounds. the venue is why most people go!

Posted by Nimbuzz | December 12, 2012 4:30 PM

Me to! I post to let people know how cool is this page. I don't know is about the money but is cool! I just wait until the next time!

Posted by school bus cdl test | January 25, 2013 11:46 AM

the savages rule.

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