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Upcoming shows: Funke and the Two Tone Baby... OLA... She Makes War... Robbie Cavanagh + Demi Marriner... Say Sue Me... Easter... Eleanor Friedberger... Chloe Foy... Anemone... James and The Ultrasounds... William the Conqueror... Hater... Jen Cloher... Robert Vincent... Seamus Fogarty... Blurt... Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton... The Lovely Eggs... HALEY... The Breath... Amy Rigby + Vinny Peculiar... Danny Goffey... Mr Ben & The Bens... Holy Moly & The Crackers... Saintseneca... Federico Albanese... Kiran Leonard... Ryley Walker... Curse of Lono + Izzie Walsh... River Whyless... Still Corners... Great Lake Swimmers... Lera Lynn... Liela Moss... Saint Sister... Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert... The Travelling Band... The Once... The Wave Pictures... Beans on Toast... You Tell Me... Kristin Hersh... Tiny Ruins...

When: 7pm on Saturday 12 May 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be working with Barrence Whitfield and The Savages for the first time!

From a far out moon beyond the rings of Saturn to a dingy studio in Cincinnati, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ new platter embraces a cosmic and groovy unification. It’s a wild, electric phantasmagoria of blues, rock, garage, and soul; it blasts off into diverse orbits only to come back together into a singular Savage cosmology. Soul Flowers of Titan is about people shooting guns, separating, coming home (someday), falling in love, running around, leaving this earth, going crazy, drinking coffee, and thinking about Sun Ra.

Titan is the largest moon of Saturn, a planet which astrologically symbolizes pain and struggle. Cincinnati, where the album was recorded (at Ultra Suede Studio), is home to many classic and unknown independent labels, like King and Federal, that fostered a frayed and raucous sound in the 1950s and 1960s. With such history at their fingertips, the Savages could not resist the urge to celebrate and elaborate on this legacy, to go places high and low, faraway and downhome.

Longtime followers of the Savage Sound will notice right away a heavier sound, a blast of B3 and Rheem organs (courtesy of newest Savage Brian Olive) and a live-in-the-room urgency. It’s a multi-faceted vehicle for a top-notch band wigging out with beefy, staccato blues scales, punk and garage riffs, fronted by a first-order shouter well-heeled in the aesthetics of soul, R&B, and rockabilly.

Barrence’s deep, gravelly rumble anchors muscular struts into madness, out the door and off to Mars. Slowly Losing My Mind and I’m Gonna Leave You Baby are by Federal alum Willie Wright and his Sparklers, while Let’s Go To Mars is an original by Savages guitarist Peter Greenberg and bassist Phil Lenker, written after multiple viewings of an early 1970s documentary on Sun Ra. Also from the Federal canon is the Midnighters’ I’ll Be Coming Home Someday, done here with a somewhat menacing dark street corner doo-wop vibe. I Can’t Get No Ride, originally by Finley Brown on the M.O.C. label, will inspire you to Frug off towards a fantastical horizon. And try NOT to flip when the original raunchy rockabilly shuffle Tall, Black and Bitter hits the speakers. It’s an album that will take you everywhere and, in doing so, will bring you right back to the centre.

Soul Flowers of Titan is Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ third LP for Bloodshot Records and fourth since reforming in 2010 after a 25-year hiatus. BW&S shot out of Boston in the mid-1980s with the force of a rocket ship. Through their sweaty dance party shows and love of primal soul, they were to R&B what the Cramps were to rockabilly – a gateway musical drug for nascent underground roots mavens. Along with original Savage Peter Greenberg (The Lyres, DMZ) and Phil Lenker, they released several records on Rounder Records, became a favourite of BBC DJ Andy Kershaw, and won seven Boston Music Awards. After they reunited in the 21st Century, adding Andy Jody on drums and Tom Quartulli on sax, they released Savage Kings on Shake It Records and Dig Thy Savage Soul and Under the Savage Sky on Bloodshot.

‘Check it out if you like greasy rock and roll, from Little Richard to the Sonics and Nick Curran’ – Mother Jones

Tour support comes from KOLARS. KOLARS are a band of two members: Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument. KOLARS have created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy. Rob produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement. The two perform with energy, sweat and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.

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