London rock band Savages were in Brixton late November for a phenomenal show that took the breath away from the audience. The crowd were captivated as the anticipation for this long awaited show came to a head.

The vocals lifted up and swam around the room proving once more that Jehnny Beth is a force to be reckoned with as she sang to every person in the room personally. Making the audience remember why they bought tickets in the first place. She was most definitely feeling herself and the audience as she gave us a performance of a lifetime, reaching into the crowd and interacting with everyone involved.   

A crowd teaser and a self-pleaser, Jehnny Beth’s vocals filled the venue with familiar undertones of Siouxsie Sioux and all the attitude of the late Ian Dury. Even the light show was expertly crafted, bringing the whole set together with the flood lights at one point, making the drummer seem to disappear and return in time with the beat she was tirelessly playing.  I was very impressed with the drummer, Fay Milton who sat at her kit as if in a hamster wheel pounding away in her own little world keeping the set together.

The show was full of energy as Jehnny Beth hit the highest of high notes and they all danced around the stage, confidently giving us the show they knew they could provide.  Every penny spent on the ticket sales was more than used up that night as the band announced it would be their last show for a while. As Jehnny Beth stood leaning into the mic, screaming to the gods in a blazer and a bra top channeling androgyny as the band played through some of their biggest hits. Much to the delight of the crowd who were rejoicing at times and took moments of silence in appreciation at others.

The end of the song ‘Husband’ took the crowds breath away as the band showcased their immense talent. Watching the bassist dancing away to herself on stage proved how this all female band know how good they are and aren’t afraid to show it, appreciating every moment on stage they seemed as pleased to be there as the audience. They seemed to be all in their own worlds yet somehow playing as one, amalgamating their individual talents to create a sound so forceful it forced you to watch without distraction.

Covering Marianne Faithfull’s ‘Why D’ya do it’ albeit with a few added profanities they urge the crowd to join in, bring the audience and the band together in such a way that you felt on stage with them. Which in itself is a struggle at Brixton Academy of all places.

Wowed the audience once more as they wound the show down by drawing the crowd into their bubble. Jehnny Beth stood there like a preacher at a sermon, solemnly yet all at once filing every ear drum with the omnipresent sound that is Savages, leaving the audience feeling as if they had just witnessed something historical.


Photography credit to Roxene Anderson