Savages – “I Am Here” Pitchfork live session

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