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Cut​-​Ups

by SAVAK

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Includes digital pre-order of Cut-Ups. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases October 27, 2017
    item ships out on or around October 26, 2017

      $15 USD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Cut-Ups. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    releases October 27, 2017

      $10 USD  or more

     

1.
Sick Of War
2.
Like Gary Wilson Said
3.
I Wanna Exist
4.
Christo's Peers (Soon We'll Be Floating)
5.
6.
They Are Bones
7.
Loma Prieta
8.
I Don't Want To Be Defended
9.
Keys To The City
10.
I Left America

about

Music isn’t so easy these days. Everyone’s doing it. They’re combing the annals. They’re hawking it from all the platforms. Kids in bedrooms are hammering out digital release strategies for new bands. Communications are being marinated in marketing speak; words are being harvested from dense SEO reports. Surely this is not the great DIY utopia we were promised. Is it still possible to feel righteous in a world where the parameters of aesthetics and worth have been whittled down to a thumb drive?

Fortunately SAVAK is back and brandishing a new LP that’s calmly saying, ‘yes…yes that is still possible.’

Titled Cut-Ups, this new SAVAK record consists of 10 immaculate nuggets of primo, left-field rock'n'roll, of the sort you may (or may not) associate with a band comprising former and current members of Obits, The Make-Up, Holy Fuck, The Cops, Nation of Ulysses, Edsel and Enon.

That’s a heavy smorgasbord. So how are the results? As laudable as one would expect given the pedigree. Cut-Ups is as kaleidoscopic, ambitious and as curious a record as you could hope for.

Like the debut SAVAK LP, Best of Luck in Future Endeavors, there’s that instant thing – instant hooks all over, instant choruses – but not cheap instant like the noodles. The flavors on this record have a long finish, with a satisfyingly wide palate. There are pristine multi-part harmonies and skronky jazz bits, as well as odd, subtle experiments with Joe Meek-y sound design. There’s that undeniable propulsive groove that many of these guys have become synonymous with. There’s even a song about the reclusive, experimental musician Gary Wilson. At least I think it’s about him. It could possibly be about English Snooker legend Gary Wilson (unlikely), or just some not-famous Gary Wilson. There are also healthy smatterings of garage rock, ‘60s jangle, jazz and psych. The devil is in the details on SAVAK records and there are many, many details on Cut-Ups.

There's no denying that SAVAK is pissed on this record too. These guys are cut up and in barbed and furious mettle, but this is definitely not your usual terse and angry punk-rock record. SAVAK will not be performing these songs shirtless, or windmilling their fists and bulging their carotids as they kick out these jams (well, maybe they will a little actually). They've mastered the art of coloring and nuancing their musical communications in deeper ways with lighter, more complex textures. There’s an uplifting, philosophical bent to the heavy subjects tackled here.

For me Cut-Ups is like the moment in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest when Chief Bromden throws the water fountain through the sanitarium window and runs to his freedom across the field. You know it's a heavy vibe but you feel good taking it in. This record can raise you like that.

—James Finlay
Nottingham, England

credits

releases October 27, 2017

SAVAK is Sohrab Habibion, Michael Jaworski, James Canty and Matt Schulz

With help from David Grant (vocals), Jordan McLean (trumpet), Allison Robinson (vocals), Geoff Sanoff (keyboards, guitar), Katie Schottland (vocals), Greg Simpson (bass), Josh Sinton (saxophone) and Greg Vegas (saxophone)

Produced by Geoff Sanoff & SAVAK
Engineered & mixed by Geoff Sanoff at Renegade Studios
Additional engineering by Hewson Chen & SAVAK

Artwork by Jim Blaha
Lion logo by Rick Froberg
Layout & design by Habibion-Kujundzic-Ephemera Design
Hand-set typography by Davin Kuntze at Woodside Press

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SAVAK Brooklyn, New York

Formed in 2015 by members of The Obits, Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, and The Cops.

SAVAK is Sohrab Habibion, Michael Jaworski, James Canty, and Matt Schulz.

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Track Name: Natural Light
Sunbreak, sunlight, new moon be pleased tonight
We brace for new life
Mended our old fences
Paint will fade, time will save
Show us the light, teach us new ways
We lift the shades, open our new senses

Warm sun behind your back
Cold wind direct attack
It’s hard to tell which way it’s blowing
Sometimes it’s better never knowing
You caught me with one look
Wrote me into your book

Sundazed, sun blind, new sun keep track of time
Embraced new life
We called her freedom
Darkness fades, longer days
Roll back the stone and leave the cave
Accept this change
The light of revelation

Warm sun behind your back
Cold wind direct attack
It’s hard to tell which way it’s blowing
Sometimes it’s better never knowing
You caught me with one look
Wrote me into your book
A natural light illuminating
Something so real we have created
Sometimes it’s better never knowing
A natural light is truly glowing