British punk rock band Savages have released their second studio album, Adore Life, via Matador Records. The 10 song, 39 minute LP was recorded at West London’s RAK Studios, and produced by Johnny Hostile.
Band members include Jehnny Beth (vocals), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Ayse Hassan (bass), and Fay Milton (drums).
Fay Milton spoke with Pitchfork about how comfortable it was working with Mr. Hostile:
He knows the band inside out... You save so much time not having to explain anything when you work with someone who knows you so well.
In the same Pitchfork interview, singer Jehnny Beth spoke about how American rock band Swans influenced played a part in the album's lyrics:
There was a moment when we saw Swans, and it really started to shape what I wanted to say on the record lyrically. There will definitely be things like "I Need Something New," where you can hear Swans’ influence on the music — and I’m saying that humbly because there’s no way we’re matching that, especially right now. They’re one of the best bands ever. Live, they go beyond any kind of sound you can hear from any band at the moment.
Adore Life is an intense album that draws you in with hypnotic rhythms and raw power. The drum and bass foundation is a great springboard for Beth's vocals and Thompson's guitar to go out on explorations of sounds we didn't hear on the band's debut album, Silence Yourself.
Savages are restless but they're also confident, and they translate that intensity into their music effectively. On the final song, "Mechanics," Beth sings how her love "will stand the test of time." We're inclined to believe Savages' music will stand the test of time.
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