Live Review
Les Savy Fav
Cargo, Shoreditch

Tim Harrington is on a mission to always top himself. Not like that. To out-do his own adventures. Last time we saw Les Savy Fav at this year’s Primavera festival the rotund main man hid on stage pre-set dressed as a hairy sasquatch before leaping up from the floor halfway through the first song, surprising the hundreds watching on. In the past we’ve seen him ride a BMX through a woodland thicket, count the gig-takings at one venue’s cash register (during the show) and ride a flight case like a canoe across his followers. Where to next?

Tonight’s antics include starting the evening inside a white-cotton version of Wayne Coyne’s zorbing ball, tearing it off to reveal ‘Beardo’ dressed as a day-glo Fred Flintstone and skinning down to his pants. Believe it or not, the music does form the main event tonight though, as LSF celebrate the release of their fifth LP, ‘Root For Ruin’. A lot of fresh cuts get an airing, including album highlights ‘Sleepless In Silverlake’, ‘Let’s Get Out Of Here’ and fist-clenching album opener ‘Appetites’. They slot explosively next to older warriors ‘The Sweat Descends’ and ‘Patty Lee’. Thankfully, as always, the tunes are equal to the showpiece.

By Omarrr Tanti


Originally published in issue 21 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. September 2010