Savages

Savages' debut full-length is titled Silence Yourself; the first song is called "Shut Up." That says a lot about how an aloof outward impression can hide a more to-the-point message: If you hear terms like "post-punk" and "gothic rock" bandied about where Savages are concerned, you might not expect a band to be this directly, no-bullshit heavy. The lineage is warranted, mind you; comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees or Joy Division aren't just fallback rock-crit shorthand but good points of reference for where some of their darker, artier impulses are derived. And if singer Jehnny Beth isn't a direct heir to the slow-burn/intense-peak catharsis of early Patti Smith, who shared billing with Savages during last month's Yoko Ono-curated Meltdown festival in London, then she's at least an equally resonant fellow traveler. But it's hard to listen to Silence Yourself and feel like curling up in the corner, thanks to Gemma Thompson's searingly expressive guitar and the most call-to-arms rhythm section in buzz-band circles. 18+.
Sun., July 21, 8 p.m., 2013

 
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