London based punk-rock band Savages have released their second album Adore Life.
Savages achieved chart success back in 2013 with the release of their debut album Silence Yourself, which reached number 19 in the UK Albums Chart. The group was nominated for the BBC Sound of 2013 prize and their single Husbands featured in the end credits of the 2015 film Ex Machina.
Now in 2016, Savages have made their comeback.
Consisting of vocalist Jehnny Beth, Gemma Thompson on guitar, Ayse Hassan on Bass and Fay Milton on the drums the band have released a brand new album of guitar and bass savagery.
Many of the songs show what Savages do best: create brash, punchy tracks with pulsing bass and thumping drums. The tracks feature impressive guitar work that works beautifully alongside the rolling bass lines. Meanwhile singer Jehnny Beth, who is of French origin, provides vocals that impressively manage to cut through the immense wall of sound the band creates. The album perfectly showcases that she has one of the most unique vocal styles of recent memory, especially in the punk-rock genre.
For me, the stand out tracks on this album were the slightly slower ones that allow the strengths of each individual member to shine through. The single Adore is a perfect example of how the guitar and bass compliment each other and features one of the most intense build ups I have ever heard. The last song on the album, Mechanics, is another track that beautifully shows the band’s chemistry and is the perfect finale.
Savages will be touring the UK and Europe in early 2016 – we will have to keep our fingers crossed for an Irish date announced further down the line.
You can listen to Adore Life on Spotify and iTunes.
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