Savages (band)

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This article is about the post-punk group. For the 1960 backing band of Screaming Lord Sutch, see Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages.
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Savages at Primavera Sound 2013
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres Post-punk revival, noise rock
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Pop Noire, Matador
Associated acts John & Jehn, Hindley
Members Jehnny Beth
Gemma Thompson
Ayse Hassan
Fay Milton

Savages are a London-based post-punk revival rock band, formed in 2011. Their debut album, Silence Yourself, reached number 19 in the UK Albums Chart in May 2013.


Savages is a rock band from London and lead singer Jehnny Beth (real name: Camille Berthomier) is from France.[1] The band's guitarist Gemma Thompson had come up with the name for the band and had been discussing the idea with singer Jehnny Beth for almost a year.[2] Thompson says the band's name was derived from books, such as Lord of the Flies, that she read when she was younger.[2] The band was eventually formed in October 2011[3] and they had their first gig in January 2012[4] supporting rock band British Sea Power.[3] Their manager John Best also manages Sigur Ros.[5] The Observer has said of Savages: "it's not exactly sexy, it's not funny and they're not going to be rolling around in mud like the Slits. But it's the closest thing to art that "post-punk"... has offered in a while".[1] The New Musical Express described their performances as "frottage-inducingly intense affairs".[3]

The group's first released tracks, a double A-side in June 2012, were "Flying to Berlin" and "Husbands" on the Pop Noire label.[3] The Guardian wrote: "Husbands 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."[4] In October, their concert at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York received good reviews.[6][7][8] The Chicago Reader noted that their set was "influenced by Siouxsie & the Banshees, but with an anthemic quality that makes me think of PJ Harvey and heavy doses of the rhythmic jaggedness and angularity of British postpunk."[9] The group expressed their liking for these bands, and added : "We listened to a lot of different music [...] Our influences are male and female in equal measure."[10]

On 9 December 2012, the BBC announced that the band had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[11]

The band's first album, Silence Yourself, was released on 6 May 2013 via Beth's own label Pop Noire and Matador Records.[12]

Savages played in the second of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2013 and were well received by reviewers.[13] In 2014 the band, together with the Japanese art-rock four-piece Bo Ningen performed Words To The Blind a sonic poem where both bands play simultaneously.[14]

"Husbands" was featured during the end credits of the 2015 science fiction film Ex Machina.[15]

In 2015, Savages played a well-received set at the Latitude festival in the BBC Radio 6 Music tent,[16] playing material from Silence Yourself as well as new material.[17]

In July 2015, Savages, A Dead Forest Index [18] and choreographer/dance artist Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome created two nights of performance as part of Station to Station: A 30-day Happening[19] at the Barbican Centre in London. The performances took place in the Barbican Gallery and incorporated music, poetry, dance and the interplay of light and darkness. The performances were recorded and released on vinyl at Station to Station.


  • Jehnny Beth (vocals) – real name Camille Berthomier; she was previously part of the French indie rock duo John & Jehn.[1][2]
  • Gemma Thompson (guitar)[1]
  • Ayse Hassan (bass)[1]
  • Fay Milton (drums)[3] ...whose background was in UK garage music.[20]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US[21] UK[22]
2013 Silence Yourself[23] 70 19
2016 Adore Life
  • Released: 22 January 2016
  • Label: Matador Records
  • Format: CD, vinyl, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • I Am Here (2012)


  • "Flying to Berlin" c/w "Husbands" (2012)
  • "She Will" (2013)
  • "Shut Up" (2013)
  • "Fuckers" c/w "Dream Baby Dream" (2014)
  • "The Answer" (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2012 BBC Sound of 2013 Sound of 2013[11] Nominated
2013 Mercury Prize 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize[24] Shortlisted


  1. ^ a b c d e Mossman, Kate (29 July 2012). "Savages/Palma Violets – review". The Observer. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Snapes, Laura (22 May 2012). "Savages: a post-punk act from London that thrives off of violence and twisted desire.". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Emily, Mackay (5 June 2012). "Radar Band of the Week No:91 – Savages". NME. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Lester, Paul (25 May 2012). "New band of the day: Savages (No 1,276)". Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ McKinley Jr (15 October 2012). "Six Hopefuls Worth Watching at the CMJ Music Marathon". NYTimes. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Michael Alan (24 October 2012). "Don't Miss These Bands at CMJ". Village Voice. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Lazarus Vasta, Simon (24 October 2012). "Now Take Them Out, Devils: The 5 Best Moments of CMJ 2012, Part 1". Nypress. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "CMJ 2012's Most Talented 10". Spin. 22 October 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Raymer, Miles (19 October 2012). "My CMJ highlight so far: Savages". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Gleeson, Sinead. "Savages : Where the Wild Things Are". The Irish Times. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Sound of, 2013 – Savages". BBC. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  12. ^ Jenn Pelly (19 March 2013). "Listen: New Savages Track "She Will", From Debut Album Silence Yourself, Coming on Matador Records". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  13. ^ Jonze, Tim (14 April 2013). "Coachella festival 2013 day two: Phoenix, Hot Chip and Savages – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 April 2013. 
  14. ^ Todd, Bella (15 November 2014). "Savages and Bo Ningen: ‘It’s about doing something outside our comfort zone’". The Guardian. 
  15. ^ "Ex Machina (2015)". Soundtrack.Net. Autotelics, LLC. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
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  20. ^ Turner, Luke (8 March 2012). "Best new band in London? They're certainly wild at heart, but you'll need to see them to hear them". The Stool Pigeon. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  21. ^ "Savages – Chart history: Billboard 200". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  22. ^ "Savages – Silence Yourself". Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  23. ^ "Matador Records". Matador Records. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "2013 Shortlist – Barclaycard Mercury Prize". Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

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