Savages – 'Silence Yourself' album review

Here's why the London post-punks' first album is the best British debut this year

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Savages – 'Silence Yourself'

  • Rated as: 5/5

‘Perhaps, having deconstructed everything, we should be thinking about putting everything back together.’ That’s from the manifesto printed on the cover of Savages’ debut album – a comment on making serious music in a culture steeped in irony. Because these four London women, who dress in black and ban audiences from taking pictures on their phones, are deadly serious.

They’ve been called humourless and derivative, but ‘Silence Yourself’ effortlessly answers both charges. It’s a furious and stunning debut, which – despite the glorious languor and creepy ambience of ‘Waiting for a Sign’ and ‘Dead Nature’ – just doesn’t let up. There’s no need to win the listener over; who wants cheap tricks when the music’s this good?

As for ‘derivative’: the scratchy guitars and thick, stalking basslines do recall classic post-punk and no wave groups, and singer Jehnny Beth gets ‘Siouxsie Sioux’ and even ‘Ian Curtis’ a lot. But if every band treated their influences this well, ‘derivative’ would lose its sting. ‘Silence Yourself’ doesn’t feel overshadowed by Savages’ record collections. The sounds may be old, but they’ve been reassembled into a record that’s deep and primal enough to sound shockingly new.


See Savages live in London

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

The veteran American singer-songwriter performs an upbeat mix of soul and R&B.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Sat Nov 22
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Caroline
Caroline

This is the best debut Album of the year, so far, it 's Awesome, the savages really do inspire a reaction, I love the Bass-lines in most of these hypnotic and thumping tracks. essential listening.

See Savages live in London

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages

The veteran American singer-songwriter performs an upbeat mix of soul and R&B.

  1. Jazz Cafe Parkway, Camden, NW1 7PG
  2. Sat Nov 22
More info

Listen to 'Silence Yourself' on Spotify

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