I heard some songs from the Savages album, and I loved them–that combination of 80’s punk and goth all wrapped up in current technologies and attitude. A couple of their songs are some of my favorite of the year so far. I’d also heard that they were even better live. So here are four songs played live in the studio from KEXP. And while the audio is awesome, they are a lot of fun to watch.
In fact, the more I watch the less I know who I am most impressed by–the amazing guitarist? the great unaffected bassist? the wild drummer? They’re all a pleasure to watch.
But it also sounds great. There’s some great soaring guitar sounds on “City’s Full” which really has a Patti Smith meets Siouxsie vibe. And there’s that whole goth feel–the bass up front and dominant but with really big guitar chords and cool riffs. And the drums, man she rocks out in the whole first half of “City’s Full.” Then listen to the fabulous bass line that runs through “Shut Up.” I love the way the low bass plays off the high guitars (and the vocals sound very Siouxsie there). And the drummer is amazing at the end of the song.
A great 80s echoey riff opens “She Will.” I love when the song almost stops and it’s all fast cymbals and faster guitar (which is really cool in and of itself) until it builds back up. And just look at her drumming at 10:20. Wow.
And the closer, Husbands” just gets more and more intense. Like the crazy noisy cymbals. And the way her voice soars and soars until it just stops. Wow.
[READ: May 23, 2013] “The Dark Arts”
Julian is sick. Very sick. So sick, in fact, that American doctors can’t seem to help him, can’t even seem to effectively diagnose him. So he and his girlfriend Hayley have traveled to Europe for new medicines that the AMA hasn’t approved yet. They travel to a few places first as a kind of romantic vacation and their ultimate destination is Düsseldorf. It’s there where Julian will have his bone marrow drawn out, then boiled and tinkered with and then injected back into him.
But there’s been a snag. On their way to Düsseldorf, they had a fight and Hayley stayed behind. So Julian went to Düsseldorf to a hostel. Every day he goes to the train station hoping to see Hayley show up. He imagines what he must look like to the locals–a skeletal American wearing what must look like a death shroud. He barely eats, he barely does anything. In fact, he has more or less given up.
But his father and Hayley, they believe in him, they believe that these cures can help. Indeed, his father has been so great through all this offering him anything he needs–money they don’t really have and unwavering support.
And then the story gets even more interesting–we find out that American doctors not only couldn’t diagnose him, but actually believed that there as nothing wrong with him.
So what is Julian to do? He goes to his injection sessions (his father paid for them after all). He waits at the train station. He goes to the hostel–where he is uncomfortably aware that the men do things with each other in the dark.
Frankly, he seems like he protests too much. And I kind of understood why Hayley left him. Knowing that he may just be a hypochondriac doesn’t really help my opinion of him, either. But what would happen if the doctors actually found something wrong with him? (It reminded me of Woody Allen and his “brain cloud”). And what would Julian do if Hayley actually showed up?
Even though I didn’t much care for Julian, I enjoyed this story and found it strangely compelling–perhaps waiting for the fraud to be caught? I wonder if this is part of something longer. I’ll have to read Karen’s write-up to find out.
For ease of searching, I include: Dusseldorf