Music Mondays: Savages


This post-punk powerhouse didn’t set out to be an all-girl group. Lead singer Jehnny Beth and guitarist Gemma Thompson actually just tracked down the best bassist and drummer they could find. Savages only came into the public consciousness last January, but the London foursome has already achieved noticeable buzz. The band’s aggressive style is more than evident in the short film for the track, “Shut Up,” directed by Giorgio Testi. Savages’ performance video features a prolific spoken introduction before launching into the raw lyrics of the call-to-arms song off the band’s debut album, Silence Yourself.

These four females aren’t your typical rebels, though. Jehnny is really French star Camille Berthomier, who originally performed with Gemma in the more low-key group, John & Jehn. When Gemma set out to form Savages, it took Jehnny six months to work up the courage to ask to be considered for the new band. Gemma let her join, but made her wait two days for a response just so Jehnny could really think it over. After Jehnny was officially a member, the duo enlisted Ayse Hassan to play the bass and Fay Milton was brought in as the drummer. Savages debuted in January 2012 and even though the band started off playing smaller venues, admiration soon grew and critics as well as music fans were hooked on the somewhat nostalgic sound, reinvented from the late ’70s and early ’80s for the new millennium. The band has already toured with The Vaccines and their debut offering is set to be released early next month on Matador Records / Pop Noire. We love that Savages not only crafts exquisitely loud and dynamic music, but also makes listeners examine, contemplate and reconsider the world by teaching “new ways of positive manipulations.”

Check out the video for “Shut Up” below before heading over to I AM THAT GIRL’s YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to tune into our Music Mondays playlist, which is updated every week.

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