Album review: Silence Yourself - Savages

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 25/05/2013
Silence Yourself - Savages
Silence Yourself - Savages

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SILENCE YOURSELF
Savages
(The Label/Rhythmethod)

The brave new world of British punk is a lot more self-absorbed, all female and has, in Gemma Thompson, as Pitchfork recently noted, found a new guitar hero.

At 38 minutes plus the debut album from these London lasses - Ayse, Fay, Gemma and Jehnny, is like blotting paper in so much as it has absorbed from the past - notably Patti Smith and the Slits - while offering something rather exciting and visionary in the present.  

The "silence" seemingly refers to the art of self-evaluation while the expected rage is nonchalantly evident in songs such as Opening Night and Strife, in which singer Jenny Beth reveals she's done things with her lover/boyfriend that she would never tell her mother about.

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