The U.K.-based post-punk band Savages are tearing through Nashville on their tour supporting their critically acclaimed second album Adore Life, playing Exit/In tonight. If you weren’t the lucky winner of our ticket giveaway, tickets are still available for $20, and if you’re into dark rock and roll with poetic lyrics and a frontwoman who sounds like a French Patti Smith, then you definitely don’t want to miss this show. We ourselves said that Savages blew away Queens of the Stone Age when they opened for the latter group at War Memorial back in 2013, and since then Savages have been building a reputation for having one of the best live acts in rock. Read on to learn more about Savages, their new record, 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.
Savages and Head Wound City will perform Saturday, May 14 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $20.