2016 was a year of Savages' no-nonsense, visceral punk shows
By the time most bands make it to headlining a venue the size of Brixton Academy they view it as an opportunity to upgrade; to spend a bit of cash, bring in a flashy video screen, maybe a couple of CO2 cannons. Savages began 2016 by introducing their second album, ‘Adore Life’, to 200 people at an 8am breakfast show in the cramped confines of the 100 Club buried beneath Oxford Street. Ten months later, with barely a day off in between, they finished it by bringing almost exactly the same show to 5,000 people at this famous theatre.
This evening there’s no backdrop, no gimmicks, little fanfare, just Jehnny Beth, Gemma Thompson, Fay Milton and Ayse Hassan performing in the same way they’d approach playing the pub next door.