Monday, November 15, 2004

Hold on to your genre

Les Savy Fav

So what’s the deal with Les Savy Fav? Well, way way back in 1996, and long before they had even released an album, the band decided to embark upon a project that would see them release nine different singles, each on a different label. The result was “Inches” a greatest hits album of sorts – it is and it isn’t really – which was greeted with rapturous critical praise earlier this year. Anyway, the band collect a group of nine 7-inch singles onto a CD, and includes a DVD featuring live footage, videos and other stuff that I really can't be bothered to talk about.

Back to the songs then: these songs bounce, jitter and explode in all their mournful post-punk excess, cave man like drumming, atmospheric guitar play and soaring vocals – they never quite decide on what their sound holds an allegiance to really. “Hold On To Your Genre” boasts eerie slide-guitar squalls that recall the early work of Gang of Four, and even the Buzzcocks. In fact this album is a lot like “Going Steady” I suppose. It’s all about the songs, youth! New wave punk? Check. Strung-out guitar anthems? Check. I know, you’ve heard it all before, but these guys really do all of this stuff well. It makes Inches well worth your time too; especially when you consider that there are 18 tracks to play over and over again.

We'll Make a Lover of You has recently been (re)released as a single. I might be wrong about that, but it’s definitely one of their new tracks. This song just kick-starts the album (I mean party) for me. Perfect really. These guys should be huge

Les Savy Fav – We'll Make a Lover of You

To purchase the album click here.

You can also find their website here but nothing much happens there – They’re too busy partying apparently.


At 11:17 pm, Blogger guanoboy said...

oh you're links dead...

I've got a few things by these guys, though, and they really suprised me...quite good!




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