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Savages – ‘Marshal Dear’ video

By Stuart on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
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Ahead of tomorrow’s Mercury Prize awards (get those bets in now!) Savages share their Slaughterhouse Five inspired video for ‘Marshal Dear’, taken from their debut album Silence Yourself (Matador Store, iTunes).

Inspired by a scene in Kurt Vonnegut’s classic novel about a disillusioned American soldier recounting his experiences of the Second World War and his adventures in time travel, guitarist Gemma Thompson scripted a rough version of the storyboard based upon one scene in particular with the intent on finding a young animator who had worked on animating by hand. After two months of watching portfolio reels, she eventually found the work of Gergely Wootsch, a London animation director just graduated from the RCA.

The scene from the novel occurs whilst main protagonist Billy believes he has become ‘‘unstuck in time.’‘ He turns on the TV and focuses on a scene in a movie about bombers in the Second World War. The aircraft take-off backwards from an airfield, flying backwards over cities in flame. The exploded bombs and shrapnel begin to piece themselves together and rise back into the bellies of the aircraft and the bullets are sucked out of the bodies of the fallen men. The bombs are eventually brought back to the factory in which they were constructed, dismantled and the elements placed back into the earth.

Speaking of the video, Gemma says “This scene would replay in my head and I could imagine it as an animation of lines flowing into each other, much like early hand-drawn animation created to accentuate a musical score. I also thought it was beautiful how Billy tries to right the process of destruction and how this echoed the true story of the character in the song Marshal Dear – Field Marshal Rommel’s attempted assassination of Hitler to end the Second World War which resulted in him being forced to take his own life to spare those of his family. We worked on bringing the character of the factory worker into the fore so that the animation now focused on the role of the woman working in the factory and the bomb itself as she realises her hand in the destruction.”

Credits:
Designed and animated by Gergely Wootsch – www.gergely-wootsch.com
Additional animation – Rosanna Wan
Produced by Beakus – www.beakus.com

October
31st Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France

November
2nd Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
5th Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
6th The Forum, London, UK
7th Trinity, Bristol, UK
9th Ritz, Manchester, UK
10th Classic Grand, Glasgow, UK
11th Vox, Leeds, UK
16th Crossing Border, den Haag, The Netherlands
17th Crossing Border, Antwerp, Belgium
18th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
20th Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany
21st Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany
22nd Kesselhaus, Berlin, Germany
23rd Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany
25th Strom, Munich, Germany
26th Flex, Vienna, Austria
28th Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
29th Mexefest, Lisbon, Portugal

December
1st Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
2nd Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
3rd, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

‘Husbands’ – a new video from Savages

By Stuart on Thursday, September 26th, 2013
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Currently mid-way through their North American tour, Savages unveil the terrific new video for ‘Husbands’, taken from their Mercury Prize shortlisted album Silence Yourself.  Perfectly mirroring the album’s contrasting artwork, director by John Minton (website / Vimeo) adds a grainy super-8 effect and a world of creepies, crawlies and reptiles to the mix.

Take one of the many upcoming oppotunities to catch them live, at:

September
09-27 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

October
10-01 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10-04 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10-05 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater ^
10-07 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium ^
10-08 Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion ^ Cancelled
10-09 Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater ^ Cancelled
10-11 Austin, TX – The Parish
10-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-15 Boston, MA – Paradise
10-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
^ with Queens of the Stone Age

23rd le Grande Mix, Tourcoing, France – Tickets
24th Stéréolux, Nantes, France – Tickets
25th l’Antipode, Rennes, France – Tickets
27th Transbordeur Club, Lyon, France – Tickets
28th La Cooperative de Mai Club, Clermont-Ferrand, France – Tickets postponed
29th Connexion, Toulouse, France – Tickets postponed
31st Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France – Tickets

November
5th – Brighton, Concorde 2 – Tickets
6th – London, Forum – Tickets
7th – Bristol, Trinity – Tickets
9th – Manchester, Ritz – Tickets
10th – Glasgow, Classic Grand – Tickets
11th – Leeds, Vox – Tickets
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16th Crossing Border, den Haag, The Netherlands – Tickets
17th Crossing Border, Antwerp, Belgium – Tickets
18th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – Tickets
20th Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany – Tickets
21st Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany – Tickets
23rd Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany – Tickets
25th Strom, Munich, Germany – Tickets
26th Flex, Vienna, Austria – Tickets
28th Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland – Tickets
29th Mexefest, Lisbon, Portugal – Tickets

December
1st Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium – Tickets
2nd Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Tickets
3rd, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Tickets

www.savagesband.com

 

 

Savages – shortlisted for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize

By Stuart on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Today we’re incredibly proud to let you know that Savages have been shortlisted for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, one of twelve albums nominated for the best British Album of the Year, for their debut Silence Yourself (purchase from the band/Matador Store/iTunes, or listen at Spotify), released in May on Pop Noire/Matador Records.

Last week Pitchfork shared the new session video for ‘I Am Here’ – we’d advise you take a moment to absorb the full impact of their honed live shows, then get yourself out to see them play as soon as you’re able to.  Their latest US and Canadian tour started last night, with several months of touring ahead of them across Europe and North America, check the full list of live dates below.

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Live:

September
09-11 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Small’s
09-12 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
09-14 Detroit, MI – Laneway Festival
09-15 Columbus, OH – The Basement
09-17 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-18 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
09-20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
09-23 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
09-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
09-25 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
09-27 San Francisco, CA – The Independent

October
10-01 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10-04 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10-05 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater ^
10-07 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium ^
10-08 Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion ^
10-09 Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater ^
10-11 Austin, TX – The Parish
10-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-15 Boston, MA – Paradise
10-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5
^ with Queens of the Stone Age

23rd le Grande Mix, Tourcoing, France – Tickets
24th Stéréolux, Nantes, France – Tickets
25th l’Antipode, Rennes, France – Tickets
27th Transbordeur Club, Lyon, France – Tickets
28th La Cooperative de Mai Club, Clermont-Ferrand, France – Tickets
29th Connexion, Toulouse, France – Tickets
31st Pitchfork Festival, Paris, France – Tickets

November
5th – Brighton, Concorde 2 – Tickets
6th – London, Forum – Tickets
7th – Bristol, Trinity – Tickets
9th – Manchester, Ritz – Tickets
10th – Glasgow, Classic Grand – Tickets
11th – Leeds, Vox – Tickets
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16th Crossing Border, den Haag, The Netherlands – Tickets
17th Crossing Border, Antwerp, Belgium – Tickets
18th Doornroosje, Nijmegen, The Netherlands – Tickets
20th Gebaude 9, Cologne, Germany – Tickets
21st Zoom, Frankfurt, Germany – Tickets
23rd Gruenspan, Hamburg, Germany – Tickets
25th Strom, Munich, Germany – Tickets
26th Flex, Vienna, Austria – Tickets
28th Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland – Tickets
29th Mexefest, Lisbon, Portugal – Tickets

December
1st Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium – Tickets
2nd Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Tickets
3rd, Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Tickets

www.savagesband.com

Savages – “I Am Here” Pitchfork live session

By Gabe on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Today Pitchfork released a live performance session from Savages featuring the Silence Yourself jam “I Am Here”. The piece was inspired by Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting In A Room”:

Savages on the piece:

It was very much an experiment. This process had never been tried with a song before so we had no idea what to expect. We divided the process in two days: one for recording the band, one for recording the room the next day. Gemma Thompson and Johnny Hostile (who co-produced the Savages first album) sat in the basement all afternoon while the song was being played and recorded in the room 10 times in total, witnessing the slow disintegration of the song until it became really abstract, each instruments merging into the cacophony of this new orchestral autonomous ensemble.

Director Joshua Zucker-Pluda:

There’s a real emotional intensity to Savages’ live presence. I was interested in the idea that the band’s performance could be so powerful that it would leave a kind of psychic scar or echo within the performance space. That the sound could become interwoven into the physical structure and sort of “haunt” the building.

The process behind Lucier’s “I am sitting in a room” seemed to be an appropriate way to illustrate this concept. We used the band’s performance to reveal the hidden resonant frequencies of the performance space. The process itself is a direct interaction with the environment, and it felt almost like an invocation or ritual– like we were summoning the sound from deep within the walls.

The above statements were cribbed from a Pitchfork article in which you can also check out two audio “decay” versions of the track. Very cool indeed.

Savages cometh:
09-07 Berlin, Germany – Berlin Festival
09-08 Isle of Wight, England – Bestival
09-10 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
09-11 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Small’s
09-12 Toronto, Ontario – Opera House
09-14 Detroit, MI – Laneway Festival
09-15 Columbus, OH – The Basement
09-17 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09-18 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
09-20 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
09-23 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
09-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Biltmore Cabaret
09-25 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
09-27 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10-01 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10-04 Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
10-05 Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater ^
10-07 Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium ^
10-08 Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion ^
10-09 Tulsa, OK – The Brady Theater ^
10-11 Austin, TX – The Parish
10-13 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
10-15 Boston, MA – Paradise
10-16 New York, NY – Terminal 5

^ with Queens of the Stone Age

Savages – headline UK tour announced

By Stuart on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

As the above hopefully explains, Savages are embarking upon a UK headline tour this November, with the below dates going on sale this Friday, August 30th.

It follows a summer of storming festival sets across the globe, with The Forum marking their largest headline UK show to date.  Ahead of these the band round up their summer festivals and support Queens of the Stone Age in between their own headline North American dates (which are also selling fast).

The newly added dates are:

November

5th – Brighton, Concorde 2 – Tickets

6th – London, Forum – Tickets

7th – Bristol, Trinity – Tickets

9th – Manchester, Ritz – Tickets

10th – Glasgow, Classic Grand – Tickets

11th – Leeds, Vox – Tickets

Watch Savages perform ‘She Will’ at Pitchfork Festival in Chicago:

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New Savages Dates In LA & Chicago

By Gerard on Monday, July 29th, 2013

(“I Am Here”, live in Union Park, Chicago, Pitchfork Festival, July 20. video courtesy Pitchfork.tv)

A pair of shows were added to Savages’ September North American itinerary earlier today ; ticketing links are below, and both shows go on sales this Friday, August 2.

9/16: Metro, Chicago IL (tickets)
9/30: Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles CA (tickets)

VIDEO : Savages – “She Will”, Pitchfork Festival, July 20

By Gerard on Friday, July 26th, 2013

Savages, Union Park, Chicago, July 20. Footage courtesy Pitchfork.

New Matador Additions To Pitchfork Paris

By Judge on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

New additions from Matador have been announced for Pitchfork’s Parisian Takeover in November.  Savages and Majical Cloudz join the previously announced Yo La Tengo and Iceage for the three day event at the Grande Halle De La Villette on October 31st – November 2nd.

Full lineup of artists will soon be updated HERE.

Savages live on The Current today, KCRW tomorrow

By Hector on Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Hey Twin Cities, were you doing something last night that caused you to miss out on seeing the band that pretty much owned Pitchfork Festival? Well stop kicking yourself, Sally, because if you listen to The Current tonight at 8:00PM EDT/7:00PM CDT, you can get a taste of what you missed when Jehnny, Gemma, Ayse & Fay rip through what is sure to be a blistering set of songs. Listen at 89.3FM in Minneapolis/St. Paul or online at thecurrent.org.

If you, on the other hand, are the sort who prefers his or her blisters to be a little earlier in the day, you’ll want to give a listen to KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic tomorrow, where Savages will be going live at 2:15PM EDT/11:15AM PDT in advance of their two sold out shows at the El Rey. Tune in at 89.9FM or kcrw.com.

Your next chances to catch Savages live in the U.S. are below:

9/10: 9:30 Club, DC
9/11: Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh
9/12: Terminal 5, NYC
9/14: Laneway Festival, Detroit
9/15: The Basement, Columbus
9/17: First Avenue, Minneapolis
9/18: High Noon Saloon, Madison
9/20: Bluebird Theater, Denver
9/23: Neumo’s, Seattle
9/24: Biltmore Caberet, Vancouver
9/25: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
9/27: The Independent, San Francisco
10/1: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
10/4-6 : Austin City Limits, ZIlker Park, Austin*
10/5: Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie (w/ QOTSA)
10/7: Nashvillle Municipal Auditorium, Nashville (w/ QOTSA)
10/8: Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville (w/ QOTSA)
10/9: Brady Theater, Tulsa (w/ QOTSA) (tickets)
10/11-13 : Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin*

*- specific date/time of Savages’ appearance will be announced soon.

Savages
Pop Noire
order ‘Silence Yourself’ from The Matador Store

 

Savages – New U.S. Dates In September

By Gerard on Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
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(“She Will”, from “Ce soi ou jamais”, taped June 7, video courtesy France 2)

Savages’ July North American dates are close to sold out, but they’ll be back in September in support of ‘Silence Yourself’, hitting a number of American cities for the first time. As mentioned previously in this space, there’s 4 October shows in-between the two weekends of Austin City Limits in which Savages are supporting Queens of the Stone Age. The October 9 show in Tulsa (Brady Theater) was just added.

9/10: 9:30 Club, DC
9/11: Mr Small’s, Pittsburgh
9/12: Terminal 5, NYC
9/14: Laneway Festival, Detroit
9/15: The Basement, Columbus
9/17: First Avenue, Minneapolis
9/18: High Noon Saloon, Madison
9/20: Bluebird Theater, Denver
9/23: Neumo’s, Seattle
9/24: Biltmore Caberet, Vancouver
9/25: Wonder Ballroom, Portland
9/27: The Independent, San Francisco
10/1: Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix
10/4-6 : Austin City Limits, ZIlker Park, Austin*
10/5: Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie (w/ QOTSA)
10/7: Nashvillle Municipal Auditorium, Nashville (w/ QOTSA)
10/8: Arkansas Music Pavilion, Fayetteville (w/ QOTSA)
10/9: Brady Theater, Tulsa (w/ QOTSA) (tickets)
10/11-13 : Austin City Limits, Zilker Park, Austin*

*- specific date/time of Savages’ appearance will be announced soon.

Savages
Pop Noire
order ‘Silence Yourself’ from The Matador Store