Artists of the Week: Savages
Savages (2011) is a London-based full-female four-piece rock band formed by French lead singer Camille Berthomier (aka Jehnny Beth), guitarist Gemma Thompson, bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton.
The band’s rise to stardom has been breathtaking. After forming in October 2011, Savages played their fist gig in January 2012, supporting British Sea Power and released the double A-sided single “Flying to Berlin/Husbands” only six months later. Both single and live shows attracted much attention and paved the way for their critically acclaimed an UK Top 20 debut record Silence Yourself released by prestigious indie label Matador in May 2013. Their minimalist guitar lines, rumbling bass, driving drums and urgent vocal style recalls legends such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Patti Smith, Public Image Ltd. and Joy Division.
Nevertheless, Savages are far from being a mere competent revival post-punk band: their unique gravitas, furious ethos and primal force emanated by their songs gives them a quite unique place in today’s saturated musical landscape.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.