CMW 2013: Savages @ The Horseshoe by Cody McGraw

FRIDAY — Well, that was intense wasn’t it? I feel like Jehnny Beth just reached into my brain, screamed, and then pushed me backward into the crowd. And I liked it.

The latest band to be lazily compared to Joy Division and the post-punk era dropped into the historic venue with the raw intensity of a snuff film. The crowd stood motionless, in awe of what they were witnessing — as if they were only now realizing what they had gotten themselves into. The band hammered away at their relentlessly driving songs, the lights low, the quartet half-hidden in the dark, Beth's bright red heels a stark contrast to the group's other all-black fashion. Flash bulbs popped. The mood was sullen, the music was hypnotically unforgiving and the band's commanding stage presence — the quiet eye of the thundering storm — played right into the atmosphere they created.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I certainly needed a shot afterward — and to see them again at Lee’s tonight.



Find all of our coverage of Canadian Music Week 2013 here

 Photos: Adam Bunch

Cody McGraw is many things but the thing you can actually call him to his face is the Managing Editor of The Little Red Umbrella. See more posts from him here or follow him on Twitter (@cody_mcgraw).


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