Savages Aren’t Half Bad After All

I couldn’t stand this band for the longest time. It wasn’t for anything they’ve done musically; most of their recordings weren’t bad, but it wasn’t anything that made me want to hear more afterwards. The thing that really bugged me was how pretentious these chicks came across in every interview I had ever read with them. Being self-proclaimed “intellectual punks,” they seemed to take that title WAY too seriously. It wasn’t like with Oasis or Jesus & Mary Chain where those bands had a sense of humor behind their snotty remarks. It seemed like these chicks need to have a laugh, a smoke, or a drink and quit being so uptight about their music and how it’s supposed to “attempt to reveal and reconnect your PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL self and give you the urge to experience you life differently, your girlfriends…..” See what I mean?

However, I had a change of heart after seeing the band open for Queens of the Stone Age about 2 weeks ago. A lot of punk bands or bands with punk attitude don’t sound nearly as good in the studio as they do live (ex. The Clash) and it’s now apparent that Savages is one of those bands. Live, the energy lacking in the recordings is brought to the forefront. With this, everything seemed better: the frontwoman’s yelps, the bassist’s riffs, the drums, everything. Maybe they’re not as good as they’ve built themselves up in their heads, but I was throughly entertained AND impressed throughout their entire set.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out their KEXP performance below. Nice work, girls. Now record the next album live and maybe we won’t need to have this talk again.

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