El Rey Theater, LA
23 July, 2013Savages opened up a two-night run at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles with a devastating performance. The London-based quartet, (vocalist Jehnny Beth, guitarist Gemma Thompson, and the rhythm section of Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan), appeared here in April, and has generated much excitement with their debut LP, Silence Yourself (Pop Noire/Matador).
In keeping with the band philosophy of total immersion in the set, there was no photography of video shot to capture the moment from me, but Debi Del Grande more than does justice to the evening for the LA Record.
Pop Noire co-founder Johnny Hostile opened with a hypnotic rhythm heavy set that hit some of the same sweet spots as early Kills. His stint was livened up with guest appearances from Gemma Thompson for guitar support, and later in the set, none other than Jehnny Beth herself.
As for the main event, Savages hit the stage fully in control, and didn't look back. They're honing a fine sense of dynamics, but the emphasis is pretty straightforward: they have come to rock. Gemma Thompson's feedback showcase on "Waiting For A Sign", and "No Face" and "She Will" were propulsive highlights, and first single "Flying To Berlin" was a welcome inclusion. All told, an exciting night to savor.