5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Category: Bars and Clubs
Region: Mid-Wilshire/ Hancock Park
"Perhaps, having deconstructed everything, we should think about putting everything back together," Savages lead singer Jehnny Beth intones, as Ayse Hassan's muscular bass and Gemma Thompson's ominous guitar start bubbling up behind her. The London band really do deconstruct music, stripping away sentiment and pop artifice until all that's left is a stark and elemental post-punk sound that's both bold and brave. Savages' debut album may be called Silence Yourself, but Beth refuses to go gently into that good night, defiantly declaring "I Am Here" and railing on "Husbands" about the stranger living in her bedroom. At times, Beth's vocal imprecations echo the fearsome iciness of Siouxsie Sioux, but Savages are too restlessly confrontational to live in the past. Instead, they're creating a new style that's simultaneously thought-provoking and unsettling. Also Wed., July 24.
Tue., July 23, 8 p.m.; Wed., July 24, 8 p.m., 2013