Savages’ New Music Video Smells a Lot Like Teen Spirit


Good news: UK post-punk band Savages have a new album on the way. Better news: there’s already a video for its first single, “The Answer.”

Pitchfork reports that Savages’ sophomore effort is called Adore Life, and it’s out via Matador in late January next year. That’s a full three months away, though, so to tide fans over, they released a music video along with their album announcement. Like a certain iconic clip from the ’90s, it’s a straightforward, intimate record of an insanely energetic performance for a small but enthusiastic crowd. The band explained the video, directed by Giorgio Testi, as “an homage to music lovers” in a statement:

We’ve observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.

Watch the video, and read Savages’ full statement on their upcoming album, below:

On Adore Life:

It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.