Photo by PETE TROSHAK
Folks, we are excited to announce that we have a pair of tix to giveaway to some lucky Phawker reader to see The Savages at Union Transfer on Thursday in support of their just-released sophomore album, Adore Life. Here’s what The Guardian had to say on the heels of their 2013 debut, Silence Yourself:
“[Savages] makes us dream of what it must have been like to have been around to hear, in real time, the debut releases by Public Image Ltd, Magazine, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Joy Division, to feel, as those incredible records hit the shops, that unearthly power and sense of a transmission from a satellite reality.” –THE GUARDIAN
Here’s what Phawker music writer Pete Troshak had to say about their 2013 concert at Union Transfer:
UK post-punk priestesses the Savages have been a band for less than two years and released their debut album just two months ago. In that short window they have been so relentlessly hyped as “the next big thing” that the inevitable “they aren’t THAT good” backlash has already begun. Sunday night at Union Transfer Savages proved, to this reviewer anyway, that they are more steak than sizzle. They took the stage stealthily, clad in ninja-like black outfits and opened with the Siouxsie-ian roar of “I Am Here.” Message: Get used to it. Gemma Thompson throttled her guitar and let loose a squall of sound that lit the fuse on a 40-minute blast of primal shriek-and-shred. Drummer Fay Milton was all flailing hair and cymbals. Bass player Ayse Hassan dropped thunderous cluster bombs of low end with her eyes wide shut. Singer Jehnny Beth announced her presence with a pained banshee wail, declaring in no uncertain terms that “the world is with me, and you’re coming for the ride.” Beth spent the next eleven songs making sure the ride was unforgettable, stalking the stage with venom in her voice and knives in her eyes. However, the band’s real statement came in their closing song. They played an unreleased song called “Fuckers,” during which Beth repeatedly intoned “don’t let the fuckers get you down.” Was it just another deathless angst-wracked punk song that makes you want to break shit, or the mantra of game-changing upstarts slaying the naysayers with three chords and the truth? All the above.
Here’s what you have to say after reading all that: I want those tickets. No shit, you do. To qualify, all you have to do is sign up for our mailing list (see right, below the masthead). Trust us, this is something you want to do. In addition to breaking news alerts and Phawker updates, you also get advanced warning about groovy concert ticket giveaways and other free swag opportunities like this one! After signing up, send us an email at PHAWKER66@GMAIL.COM telling us a much, with the words SAVAGE REPUBLIC in the subject line. If you are already on our mailing list, just send us an email saying as much. Either way, please include your full name and a mobile number for confirmation. The 13th Phawker reader to email wins! Good luck and godspeed!