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Savages live up to their name at Union Transfer (photos, review, setlist)

Savages | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Savages | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Living up to their name, the all-female British rock quartet Savages unleashed their rough-hewn tales of love, lust, and modernity at Union Transfer on Sunday night, clawing their way into the willing patrons’ psyches with a dozen tastes of so-called “post-punk.” Clad in black and often hidden in the shadows, the Savages conjure up a mysterious air. The singular voice of Jehnny Beth seductively stabs at the ears with equal bits coarseness and intrigue. The repeat of “I am here” from the song of the same name echoes through their debut album Silence Yourself and bounced through the acoustic-friendly Union Transfer with a haunting clarity, while her hushed, yet insistent singing of “Husbands” noticeably excited the crowd. This dual-edged talent is carried far by the rest of the band’s superb musicianship, including the accomplished guitar work of Gemma Thompson, the wallop of bass lines as delivered by bassist Ayse Hassan, and the furious percussive standout in drummer Fay Milton. And despite their lack of an encore, much to the disappointment of many fans, the Savages left a lasting impression on Philadelphia that will hopefully lead to more performances sooner rather than later. See a gallery of images below, and a setlist after the jump.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Savages at Union Transfer, A Flock of Seagulls at The Trocadero, Tin Bird Choir at Upper Merion Township Concert Under The Stars

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Savages are a post-punk band hailing from London who released their debut album, Silence Yourself, back in May.  Even though they’re fairly new on the music scene, Savages are already gaining a lot of attention and appeared on Jimmy Fallon a few weeks back.  Tonight, the group plays at Union Transfer.  If you’re looking to keep the weekend going into Sunday night, you’ll definitely want to check out this concert tonight.  Click here for ticket info and listen to their song “Shut Up” below.

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My Morning Download: “She Will” by Savages

photo by French photographer Richard Dumas http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=32
photo by French photographer Richard Dumas http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=32
Today’s download is from London’s Savages, who just released its debut album, Silence Yourself. Savages formed in the Fall of 2011, and played their first live show in January, 2012. Over 11 powerfully and fiercely played songs, the all female post-punk band fronted by Jehnna Beth are already receiving well deserve critical acclaim. Pitchfork anointed it as Best New Music, calling it “one of rock’s most commanding and ferociously poised debuts in recent years, the work of a band whose outsized confidence and sharp clarity of vision doesn’t correlate with the short amount of time it’s been together.”

One of the album’s highlights is “She Will.” The song is featured on the latest edition of NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation, chosen by Dave P, the host of XPN’s Making Time Is RAD. Dave writes:

Although Making Time RADio plays predominantly electronic and dance music, I’m always searching for dance-friendly rock bands to play on the show. Savages’ music exhibits energy, emotion, passion and purpose, and “She Will” has it all: a driving rhythm section, passionate vocals, dark guitar tones and cymbal crashes, all culminating in a 30-second frenzy that keeps building and building. “She Will” recalls ’80s post-punk bands such as Siouxsie and the Banshees while still sounding fresh, new and relevant.

Below, download “She Will,” via NPR Music

Savages play Union Transfer on July 14th. Tickets go on sale today at Noon.

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Savages announce tour, playing Union Transfer July 14

Photo by Richard Dumas http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=32
Photo by Richard Dumas http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=32

Savages have announced a tour in the States with a stop at Union Transfer on Sunday, July 14th. The London four piece just released its debut album, Silence Yourself, on Matador Records. Already shaping up to be one of the year’s best releases, lead singer Jehnny Beth, guitarist Gemma Thompson, bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton bring fresh intensity and distortion to their post-punk clamour; they’re a band to be seen and heard. Tickets to their Union Transfer show go on sale Friday, May 10th and Noon.