Savages Deliver with Gusto at Warsaw in BrooklynMarch 30th, 2016
Savages – Warsaw – March 29, 2016
Every so often, the thrill of a concert sends a powerful reminder of the myriad ways that music compels us. In an age when accessibility to songs old and new is nearly effortless and the pleasure of listening to them on your own time is so technologically enhanced, the appreciation of being there in the midst of a live performance can be obscured. Then you see a group like Savages takes the stage on a cold night in Brooklyn, and it hits home: This is the essence of it all. Whether they’ve intended to or not, Savages have grabbed a commanding spot in the genre of post-punk with style and purpose, and with exhilarating live performances, they’ve grabbed the attention of many.
With the full arsenal of air-tight musicianship, charismatic presence and their sexy appearance, these London girls have created a buzz that has steadily swelled since their debut album, Silence Yourself, in 2013, drawing fans of all sorts to their shows in feverish anticipation. With the freshly released Adore Life added to their repertoire, Savages seized the spotlight in front of a sold-out room at Warsaw last night and rose up to the occasion. A striking edge of posture combined with the hard jabbing of the drum, bass and guitar that drives their sound, Savages delivered with focus and gusto—with the aura and dark mystique of predecessors such as Joy Division and Interpol.
There are few lead singers at the moment like Jehnny Beth. You simply can’t take your eyes off of her as she hurls herself into each song with an impressive range of vocal delivery switching between rapidly spitting bullets, extended bellows and slow enchanting croons. Behind her, the instrumentation was so true that even when pushed out at full thrust, it was clearly defined. Guitarist Gemma Thompson ripped through the set with slide distortions and sinister accents, periodically whipping around to spar with her amps. There was a collective excited feeling of awe among those in attendance that carried afterward with buzzing about the greatness of the performance just witnessed. You’ve got to give it to Savages. They throw themselves into it with everything they have, leaving it all onstage, giving you all the incentive you need to go see the band you love in your headphones in their fullest stature in the flesh. —Charles Steinberg