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Silence Yourself


Remember when post punk was all the rage back in 2003-04? Savages do. And if they don’t, at least they know how to produce the music reminiscent of some of the best Slits/Siouxsie & The Banshees moments.

Although post punk is a wide term, some of its most recognisable characteristics are thumping tribal bits, driving bass, plenty of guitar feedback and wailing vocals. There are enough of those on Silence Yourself to cry ‘copycats’, but enough amazing moments to actually treat it as a very strong debut album, regardless of if it sounds too familiar or not.

The songs are melodic, aggressive, quiet and dramatic at exactly the right times and the band is obviously in total control of their songwriting skills. The delivery is spot on, always passionate and never as cold as post punk can sometimes be.

Most of the bands who fit in this genre, including the abovementioned two, changed their sounds as their career progressed on. It will be interesting to see how Savages will handle second album syndrome and if they will live up to the high expectations they set with their debut.

 Rating: 4 stars


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