LIVE: Savages

Savages, the critically acclaimed UK post-punk group, brutalized the Observatory North Park in the best way possible on July 29.

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Savages headlined the Observatory North Park on July 29.
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The critically acclaimed UK post-punk band has been everywhere lately. Their 2013 and 2016 Coachella performances were straight up legendary.
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The London band’s last San Diego show at the Casbah had folks raving. Casbah owner Tim Mays has said that performance was the best show he’s seen at the club in years.
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It came as no surprise then that their July 29 show in town definitely lived up to the hype.
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After a fiery set by openers Head Wound City, Savages took the stage shrouded in stark, dramatic lighting and pummeled an adoring crowd.
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Fans saw the band members lose themselves in the music, while Beth prowled the stage and often flung herself into the outstretched hands of the crowd.
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At one point later in their set, they invited band members from Head Wound City to join them onstage for a song.
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Savages is comprised of Jehnny Beth (vocals), Gemma Thompson (guitar), Ayse Hassan (bass) and Fay Milton (drums).
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They released their debut album “Silence Yourself” in 2013 via Beth’s own record label, Pop Noire.
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Their second record, “Adore Life,” was released on Jan. 22, 2016 via Matador Records.
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It has spawned the cathartic single “Adore.”
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Thompson came up with the band’s name almost a year before the band actually got together.
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The guitarist has said Savages was derived from books such as “Lord of the Flies.”
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During their July 29 show, the band performed 16 songs with no encore.
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The set list consisted of: “I Am Here,” “Shut Up,” “City’s Full,” “Slowing Down the World,” “Sad Person” …
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“When in Love,” “Husbands,” “Surrender,” “I Need Something New,” “The Answer,” “Hit Me” …
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“No Face,” “T.I.W.Y.G.,” “Dream Baby Dream” (a Suicide cover), “Adore” and “F---ers.”
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