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Rotting Teeth In The Horse's Mouth

by SAVAK

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1.
Vis-a-Vis
2.
3.
Exposure
4.
5.
Aujourd'hui
6.
Bayonet
7.
8.
How Many Duchesses
9.
I Came Alive
10.
We've Been Disappearing

about

George Washington’s famous wooden dentures were actually crafted from hippopotamus ivory, brass and gold. The teeth currently occupying the Oval Office are just made of fallacies, narcissism and slime.

Rotting Teeth in the Horse’s Mouth, SAVAK’s fourth full-length LP in five years, shows truths about these delusions in the decay of democracy, but also invoke dreams for the daughters of the future. We’re finally in a new decade we only thought existed in the distance of a dystopian science-fiction novel, faced with a waning optimism overcome by the burdening weight of pessimism.

There’s no better time than now to welcome the arrival of an album that addresses a lot of the American anxieties which have been bubbling in our collective conscience. Recorded in SAVAK’s Gowanus, Brooklyn studio as the earth literally shook around them from the mechanisms of urban renewal, core SAVAK members and principal songwriters Michael “Jaws” Jaworski and Sohrab Habibion direct you into their headspace with a fiery pool of propulsive rhythms helmed by drummer Matt Schulz that shake in your blood and seep through your most permeable pores. Lyrically, they’re navigating the complexities of everyday life and how to grow and shape a better future in the face of adversity. Musically, they’re a cohesive, balanced package of punk in all its amalgamations, the trio acting as a unit that play off of each other and with each other, always asking what the next best move might be.

And sometimes the answer is found by dancing first. “Vis-a-Vis” finds a suitable partner in the communication department before leading the way into “Listening,” an all-out assault on the current gaslighting of America by its own elected representatives. “Exposure” develops driven melodies rooted in self-reflection to keep going through “What is Compassion?,” a meditation on real estate developers and cloud servers. “Aujourd’hui” closes the A-side as a sign of blossoming optimism, written and partially sung in French as a tender tribute to Jaws’ three-year old bilingual muse of a daughter. Kicking off the flipside is “Bayonet,” a nod to the Minutemen’s “Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing” that tackles war memorials and memorabilia, jamming econo right into the dynamic power structures of “It’s Mutual.” “How Many Duchesses” rises above to signal a call to sacrifice the sacrifices and not become diluted by societies only living through their smartphones. “I Came Alive” relives a bygone period in life, much older and none the wiser, letting loose in the spotlight for a moment, before culminating in the punk-poetry of “We’ve Been Disappearing,” a masterful turn into territory I haven’t been as moved by since hearing The Fresh & Onlys for the first time.

With contributions from Radio 4’s Anthony Roman playing bass on “Bayonet” and “Listening,” alongside guest vocalist Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys, Paramount Styles), and Michael Hampton (The Faith, One Last Wish, Fake Names) on Ebow and string arrangements with his cellist daughter Charlotte Hampton on “We’ve Been Disappearing,” the tunes become that much richer without losing any of their carnal qualities in the mix by longtime SAVAK producer/sometime bass player Geoff Sanoff at Renegade Studios in the West Village. It takes a community to persevere.

Hopped up on a steady diet of everything, SAVAK, formed in 2015 by members of The Obits, Holy Fuck, and The Cops, are broadcasting shared sentiments that we feel when we hear—all the more illuminating during this dark and tumultuous timeline. It’s a call to action for ourselves and for each other.

Sometimes we have to punch ourselves in the face for a punchline and try not to lose our teeth.

You heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.

-Travis Ritter, January 2020

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releases April 10, 2020

SAVAK is:
Sohrab Habibion - vocals, guitars, bass, keys
Michael Jaworski - vocals, guitars, bass, keys, percussion
Matt Schulz - drums, percussion

Additional Musicians:
Michael Hampton - string arrangement & EBow on "We've Been Disappearing"
Charlotte Hampton - cello on "We've Been Disappearing"
Scott McCloud - backing vocals on "Listening"
Anthony Roman - bass on "Listening" and "Bayonet"

Recorded & produced by SAVAK at King Killer, Brooklyn, NY
Mixed by Geoff Sanoff at Renegade Studios, New York, NY
Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM, Jersey City, NJ

All songs written and performed by SAVAK, © & ℗ 2020 Peculiar Works Music (BMI). Under exclusive license to Ernest Jenning Record Co. Administered by Rough Trade Publishing.

Cover artwork by Hendrik Otremba
Postcard photographs by Alexis Fleisig
Lion logo by Rick Froberg
Layout and design by Sohrab Habibion

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SAVAK Brooklyn, New York

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

SAVAK is Sohrab Habibion, Michael Jaworski and Matt Schulz.

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Track Name: Listening
I’m listening
I’m listening to the language
I’m listening to you
I said I’m listening
I stopped watching
I stopped

Without facts there is no truth
But our vanity is absolute
And I can’t predict how I’ll react
To you

(Rotting teeth in the horse's mouth. The rats have left, they're flying south. White sand beaches, banker's holiday. With their wives at home, the dogs will stray.)

I’m thinking
I’m thinking about the government
I’m thinking of you
I said I’m thinking
I stopped doubting
I stopped

Without truth there is no sense
My sympathies are relative
Context shapes how we will feel
About this

I’m looking
I’m looking at the tactics
I’m looking for you
I said I’m looking
I stopped waiting
I stopped

Laughing
I’m laughing at the chaos
I’m laughing at you
I said I’m laughing
I stopped crying
I stopped

(Rotting teeth in the horse's mouth. The rats have left.)

But I’m not a rat, never
And I’m not in my grave, I hope
But I’m not a rat, oh no
And I’m not a spy, I swear
No I’m not a rube, I hope
I’m not a spy, no no

(The rats have left.)
Track Name: What Is Compassion?
Another city
Reduced to rubble
Assets sold off
Are we surprised?

Buyers beware
A new generation
With the same old claims
Can we believe them?

Who holds the memories?
What is our history?
Are you understanding?
What is compassion?

Another adjustment
By a licensed advisor
Further in debt
And are we surprised?

Sellers rejoice
No regulations
And nothing to stop us
Don’t you believe me?

Who owns our memories?
Who owns our history?
Are you understanding?
What is compassion?
Track Name: It's Mutual
Word travels fast when it comes to the past
Yeah you heard about me
A reputation to believe
How I drank the seven seas
How I tamed every beast
Yeah you heard about me
I can bring you to your knees

We both know it’s mutual
We both know it’s mutual

Tell me what you like and I’ll keep you up all night
31 years and we finally got it right
Tell me what you like because
I’m no longer frightened

We both know it’s mutual
We both know it’s mutual to me

I’ve seen it all before
The way you watch my pour
The way you check the time
When I’m walking out the door
I’ve seen it all before
You do not deserve me

We both know it’s mutual
We both know it’s mutual to me

Time is like the sea when you have no place to be

We both know it’s mutual
We both know it’s mutual to me

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