The Savages played their first gig at British Sea Power’s Krankenhaus 1 at the beginning of January and yet 8 months later they’ve already managed to secure a coveted slot on Jools Holland. I wasn’t at Krankenhaus 1, but I’d heard they were good. But despite this, Jools was the first time I’d heard any of their music. Within the first few bars of ‘Husbands’ I was hooked.
Tonight’s gig was an extra date at Electrowerkz, a ‘factory’ venue situated behind Angel tube. I believe it’s a goth club but it was the perfect venue for this gig with a dark industrial feel to it which suited the direct nature of the Savages music.
Tonight’s show was simply stunning. All I can say is the band are all extremely talented. I’ve seen the singer, Jehn before, as part of John and Jehn. Her persona in the Savages is completely different to the J&J days. Jehn’s singing is ferocious as it bludgeons it’s way through the wall of sound produced by the rest of the band. Every aspect of their performance is simply perfect. The guitar is heavily feedback laden and provides the starkness for the songs as it screeches and wails away. But the most surprising aspect was the rhythm section. The drummer and the bassist were simply stunning throughout the entire show. Together they’re the driving force behind all the songs.
Special mention to the lighting person, who did a fantastic job.