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Jehnny Beth (Vocals) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
Hot new band alert! London’s post-punkers Savages are making a huge impact on the music scene and for good reason – they rock! The band played together for the first time in January 2012 and a quick year and a half later, they are already headlining medium-sized venues in New York! Love that!
Gemma Thompson (Guitar) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
If you haven’t heard the infectious and extremely rockin’ “Husbands,” make sure you check it out, ASAP! It’s got elements of Patti Smith meets Siouxsie and the Banshees and the track will easily be on many critics great songs lists of 2013.
Ayse Hassan (Bass) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
Their debut album “Silence Yourself” is out now and I hope you dig it as much as I do. Savages will be back in NYC playing Webster Hall on July 11, so make sure you get a ticket before it sells out.
Faye Milton (Drums) of Savages and Geoffrey Dicker
It was great meeting you Savages and I wish you all the success in the world!
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Guy Garvey (Lead Singer) of Elbow and G
You have no idea how much I love Elbow. The 5 piece band from Manchester makes music that is epic. It’s surprising to me that Elbow is not a household name in the USA, but I am doing my part. Every time I play their music for people, they immediately go out and get all their records – and you should. Their album “The Seldom Seen Kid” is easily one of my favorite albums of the 2000s. Elbow announced a US tour before summer started and it was one of my most anticipated concerts of 2011. It didn’t disappoint at all and in fact, I was overcome with emotion many times because I think their music is so beautiful. It wasn’t all tears of joy; however, as lead singer Guty Garvey kept the audience laughing in between songs with really funny stories. I was fortunate enough to meet the band and I am beyond thrilled to report – they are all such nice guys! Elbow – I consider meeting you one of the best belated birthday presents ever and thanks again for making music that has really made a positive impact on my life. Thanks for being so cool and please come back to New York soon!
Craig Potter (Keyboards) Elbow and G
Mark Potter (Guitar) Elbow and G
Pete Turner (Bass) Elbow and G
Richard Jupp (Drums) of Elbow and G
Thanks again Elbow! I heart you!
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Brian King of Japandroids
Sometimes my criteria for seeing bands is a little off kilter. In the case of Japandroids, I loved their band name the first time I heard it. Although they’ve been around for several years, when the Canadian duo walked on stage for the first time at their sold out show at Mercury Lounge in New York on September 14, 2011, it was the first time I ever heard their music. From the second they hit the stage, Japandroids rocked! Their music is loud, fast and furious and though it’s described as noise pop, I’d like to add punk to the There are only two members in the band, but their sound is full and loud. My ears are still ringing as I write these words – but in a good way. Lead singer Brian King announced the band is working on a new album and it should be out later this year or early next year. As such, they alternated between playing new songs and old songs, which King said “are so old, they are from last year.”
David Prowse of Japandroids
Unfortunately, a set list was not posted, so I cannot tell you the names of the songs played, but I can say if you liked the “old” material from Japandroids, you will not be disappointed when you hear their new songs. Thanks to Japandroids for rockin!