U.K.-based all-female post-punk group Savages are comprised of four of the most badass women to take up the post-punk mantel with well-crafted artistic noise, a singer that sounds like the French Patti Smith, two albums that have garnered raves, and a live show that’s said to be the best in rock and roll right now. We ourselves said that Savages blew away Queens of the Stone Age when opening for them at War Memorial Auditorium back in 2013, and now the group are playing a headlining gig at Exit/In on Saturday, May 14. We’re giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky reader, who will get to see Savages’ highly praised live show — writers proclaimed them one of the best “new” acts after their Coachella performance — for free. For those not lucky enough to win, tickets are available for $20.
Savages do not label themselves punk due to the presence of four white dudes who like to wear leather jackets and Converse with $500 fuzz pedals. For anyone interested in the poetry-driven music of punk and post-punk artists like Patti Smith, Joy Division, PJ Harvey, and The Birthday Party, if you haven’t heard of Savages or checked out their new record Adore Life, this band will inspire a fervent obsession. Read on to sign up for the ticket giveaway and learn more about Savages and the openers supergroup Head Wound City.
Savages‘ second record Adore Life was released at the beginning of the year to rave reviews, and their American tour for the album has been gaining the band even more buzz. The record explores love in a way you’ve probably never heard before, coming from a band and a lyricist that came together under the principle that they never wanted to write any love songs. Vocalist Jehnny Beth is a singer/writer/poet in a tradition that often feels long dead. The harsh guitar parts in Adore Life were written to temper Beth’s beautiful words about love and optimism triumphing over negativity.
HEAD WOUND CITY
Head Wound City are a supergroup composed of members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Nick Zinner), The Locust (Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian), and The Blood Brothers (Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato). The members are using this project to explore the heaviest of their influences, with metal, hardcore, and goth being prevalent. Basically this music is dark as shit which you could probably pick up on from the name. Vocalist Jordan Blilie described the ultra-abrasive singing as being “like if Alien and Predator started a band instead of fighting each other.” They released an EP back in 2005 and their first full length A New Wave of Violence is out May 13.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
Enter to win tickets by filling out the form below. Must be 18+ to attend, per the show’s age restrictions. After you have entered, there will be the option to share this contest via social media. For each person that you refer to the contest, you will receive an additional entry. If you experience any trouble with the contest widget, or have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winner will be announced Thursday, May 12 at 12 p.m. CDT, and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Savages and Head Wound City will perform Saturday, May 14 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.