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This might look like important recording work, but Savages are just playing Sudoku.

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savages Braver, bolder and more of a beast than their debut, Savages are returning with their second record and – as Fay Milton explains - it’s going to be huge.

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hen Savages released debut album ‘Silence Yourself’ in 2013, it was a statement with real intent. Accompanied by its own manifesto, it was a defined, determined effort which marked the London-based quartet out from their peers. Now, they’re gearing up to release its follow-up, and it’s set to be an even braver, more beastly effort.

“You’ve got to be brave, otherwise you shouldn’t be in a rock band, frankly!” laughs the group’s drummer Fay Milton, while she tries to dodge the North London rain. She’s referring to their New York residency back in January, after the band had completed the majority of their writing. It gave them an opportunity to road-test tracks from their second album. John Grant, definitely not picking his nose. 12 diymag.com

“I think,” she offers, “it was a way to stop dreaming. We had all been writing these songs, but they’re just not real until you play them.” Their shows across the city marked a chance for the tracks to become tangible, to see first-hand reactions. “You can talk about a show and imagine all sorts of things, but when you play it, it is what it is. “It was about taking the songs from this dream state of ideas - being very in our heads and cerebral - and making it into a physical state. It was like making a prototype. It was that kind of experience; to put those songs in a live setting and see if they’re gonna work, and to see what details are good and what aren’t so good. It was finding that out through that process.”

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