So I say that Savages will probably have to back out because CMJ and SXSW always have a handful of UK acts that book then eventually back out. It took Django Django three years to get over here. Already, the one man act Actress was support to come in this week and cannot because of visa issues. What I'm going for is more psychological, so if by some miracle Savages makes it over here, their shows will be that much more exciting. The two bands I want to see during CMJ are Savages and Citizens!, so hopefully when I get back from Europe, they will be sorted out. If not, CMJ is worthless.
Now that's out of the way, we can talk about the one of the buzziest new UK bands of the year. Like other buzzy bands, they haven't been together for a year yet and have only a handful of songs. That didn't stop all the UK music press to anoint them as the second coming. They even snagged Sigur Ros's and Fanfarlo's management team to to guide them.
After you hear "Husbands" and "City's Full", you can understand why. The four-piece are not just throw back post-punk in the vein of Siouxsie Sioux and Joy Division with the guttural thrust of Sleater-Kinney, they seem to inhabit that space comfortably without being forced. You feel like you've un-earthed a forgotten band from the early-80s, only to realize that they are from the present.
The band is led by a familiar name to me, Jehnny Beth. She was part of my Camden Crawl bands to watch in 2011 with her duo, John & Jehn. That outfit released an EP on Domino and were a little more on the Echo & The Bunnymen side, but French. What also came from that act was the founding of her label, Pop Noire, which released Savages first single, Flying to Berlin/Husbands.
Their live act is what people are talking about, with their intensity, tight playing and ferocious musical output. So far, they've only booked CMJ Friday (Rocktober 19) at Mercury Lounge.
Check out a live version of Husbands via the BBC