News: Barrence Whitfield & The Savages – Dig Thy Savage Soul
Posted on: Thursday, Aug 15, 2013
BRAND NEW! BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES
“Barrence Whitfield is the Barrence Whitfield of real R&B.”–Andy Kershaw, BBC
Boston’s legendary Barrence Whitfield & The Savages’ new album Dig Thy Savage Soul is a wealth of atomic-powered, sock it to me R&B and rock & roll hoodoo. Barrence, possessing otherworldly pipes that range from a low feral growl rumbling the nether regions to a scream that would make Little Richard blush, belts out originals and crate-diver covers with the formidable and aptly-named Savages. They keep his back with a punk rock grit and blues ferocity that lives in the frets between Chuck Berry and Jack White. Together, Barrence & the Savages lay down a groovy racket that’s so thick and greasy, you need moist towelettes near the hi-fi.
Dipping their gut-bucket deep into the well of America’s dirty musical soul, Barrence & the Savages’ sound is a sweaty elixir that enlivens, exorcises, and energizes on Dig Thy Savage Soul. “The Corner Man” bursts out of the gate, as much a child of the Sonics as a father to the Dirtbombs; it’s the Savage-Mobile neutral-slamming out of the garage. “My Baby Didn’t Come Home” and the love letter to the iconoclastic Oscar Levant (a man in chaos in search of frenzy…Google it, man.) burn with a roguish swamp mojo; bonus points for the killer jump-soul horn section. On “Daddy’s Gone to Bed” and the badass Jerry McCain tune “Turn Your Damper Down,” Peter Greenberg’s guitar plays like the lost Sun Records collaboration between Howlin’ Wolf and Carl Perkins. “Hangman’s Token” starts as a low-fi hill country shimmy harkening back to the early days of Fat Possum Records that then explodes into a tasty hard rock feast.
AND THE EARLY CRITICS AGREE!
“A punked up reimagination of R&B and Eddie Cochrane-like roadhouse rock, fueled by dirty guitars, honking sax, occasional greasy B-3 organ, Whitfield’s stentorian R&B shouts and growls, and offbeat subject matter.” —The Boston Globe
“Showcases a wild musical abandon.” —USA Today
“Walking the genre splitting tightrope of blues, soul, and rock, with an incendiary vibe that would make Dante himself blush.” —Cool Album of the Day
“Energetic and wild, this album is an all-around ass shaking groove fest.” —The Horn
“One spin of Dig Thy Savage Soul and I was hooked!…[It’s] one of the most high energy, butt shakin’, punky-soul-garage-rock records in recent memory. The 12-cut CD doesn’t let up for a minute, from the opener “The Corner Man” to the Yardbirds-inspired “Hangman’s Token.” This is sweaty, dance till you fall down raucous stuff that I imagine could tear your head off live.” —Ink 19
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