Well, here’s the best fucking news I’ve gotten to report in a while: The great British postpunk band Savages have recorded the follow-up to their ridiculously powerful 2013 debut album Silence Yourself, and Pitchfork reports that it’ll be out early next year. The new album is called Adore Life, and in a statement, the band says that it’s “about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.” Johnny Hostile, frontwoman Jehnny Beth’s partner and frequent collaborator, produced the album, and the Danish dance producer Trentemøller mixed it. We’ve already seen a Henry Rollins-narrated trailer for the LP, and now they’ve shared the video for first single “The Answer,” a huge and surging monster of a song with a titanic, minimal guitar riff that gives me Hawkwind/Lungfish flashbacks. Giorgio Testi, who has directed this band many times, made the video, and it’s a sweaty, physical document of the band playing in a warehouse space while a crowd goes nuts. Below, watch the video, check out the album’s tracklist, and read a few statements from the band about the album.
01 “The Answer”
03 “Sad Person”
05 “I Need Something New”
06 “Slowing Down The World”
07 “When In Love”
Of they album, the band writes:
It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognizing your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding the cliché. It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people. It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums, and vocals. It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying. But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.
They also write this about the video:
We’ve observed our audience all around the world and noticed that something is happening. People want to be pushed to do good, or to be good, or just to feel good. We wanted a very intense video, that felt like banging your head against the wall, focusing on our audience: a portrait of our crowd, an homage to music lovers and the good people who are coming to gigs and shouting their lungs out, or just smiling at the back. We were touched by them every night, and wanted to get their message out there: loud guitar music is still alive and still connects people.
Adore Life is out 1/22 on Matador. Get excited.